2022 World Cup qualifying: Australia beats Nepal 5-0

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Forward Jamie Maclaren scored three goals for his first international hat trick to lead Australia to a 5-0 win over Nepal on Thursday in Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Maclaren scored the first two goals of the game in the sixth and 19th minutes, then added his third just before fulltime.

Scotland-born defender Harry Souttar scored a goal for Australia in his international debut. Australia had 76% of possession and 36 shots at goal.

Australia, which leads Group B, defeated Kuwait 3-0 in its World Cup qualifying opener in September after Kuwait had beaten Nepal 7-0.

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Updated October 10, 2019

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