How the Socceroos rated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2-1 qualifying win over Thailand in Melbourne.
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5 Sep 2017 - 11:45 PM  UPDATED 5 Sep 2017 - 11:45 PM

HOW THE SOCCEROOS RATED AGAINST THAILAND:

* Mat Ryan: Lucky to escape a booking for a scything tackle late in first half. Powerless for the goal. 6.

* Milos Degenek: Played his part in breaking up the rare Thai forays forward. 6.

* Trent Sainsbury: Steady and composed - except for a major blunder when he almost gave away a second-half penalty. 7.

* Bailey Wright: Was more prominent up forward than down back, almost scoring with a back-post header and overhead kick. 6.

* Mark Milligan: Laid the platform for Australia's attackers to produce. Not his game to shine. 7.

* Aaron Mooy: Often looked the man most likely to find a way to unlock the tight Thai defence. Strong set-pieces and busy through the middle. 8.

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* Alex Gersbach: Not used enough. Looked composed in just his fourth national team appearance before making way for attackers. 7.

* Tim Cahill: The stand-in skipper couldn't impact in the air but came closest to scoring in the opening half, hitting the inside of the left upright but somehow the shot stayed out. 6.

* Tom Rogic: The Celtic playmaker gave the Thais plenty of nervous moments with fancy footwork, but couldn't find the net after 13 shots. 8.

* Mathew Leckie: Wouldn't be denied and grabbed the winner - despite giving his share of balls away on the right. 8.

* Tomi Juric: Looked out of sorts and exasperated but rose strongly for the opener. On another night could have ended with a hat-trick. 7.

SUBS:

* Robbie Kruse - Replaced Cahill in the 56th minute and almost opened the scoring just seconds later, only to be foiled by the Thai keeper. 7.

* James Troisi - Subbed on for Gersbach and set about solving one of Australia's major problems - slow ball movement. 7.

* Jamie Maclaren - A last-ditch substitute for Bailey Wright and provided spark in his short stint on the field. 6.