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Socceroos skipper wants to exorcise painful memories of Taiwan

“Silly of me. My fault – put my head where it shouldn’t be.”

Game on: Mark Milligan has warned against complacency against Taiwan.

Game on: Mark Milligan has warned against complacency against Taiwan.Credit:AAP

Happily for Milligan, the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Taiwan on Tuesday is in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

A world away from the hustle and bustle of the Taiwanese capital Taipei, the match will also be played at a unique venue – the Kaohsiung National Stadium.

Built as the main venue for the 2009 World Games, the eco-friendly venue has an open-ended look, designed to resemble a curled-up dragon.

That dragon’s ‘scales’ comprise more than 8000 solar panels, ensuring the stadium runs entirely on its own energy.

The solar energy stored by Kaohsiung’s stadium generates enough energy to provide almost 80 per cent of the local area’s power requirements when it’s fed on to the grid.

While Australia are expected to overwhelm the bottom-placed Group B minnows, Milligan says the under-23s struggles 12 years ago should serve as a warning to avoid complacency.

“We had a good result against them at home and then, over here, we won 1-0. So I know, we say it all the time, but they can be tough places to come,” he said.

“We know that we have to be at our best and we have to start well and then we’ll get a positive result.”

Australia will get their first look at Kaohsiung stadium on Monday with a training session in the afternoon.

Tuesday’s qualifier kicks off at 7:40pm.

AAP

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