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Monday, June 19, 2006

Australia vs Brazil

I am totally biased but I will also join in the chorus of Aussie supporters and journalists and say how great the Socceroos played. To think that the Socceroos had lost about 7 matches in a row last year and were looking far from qualifying for the World Cup. The leaps and bounds they've made after Hiddink taking over the reign is unbelievable. They've managed to make it to the World Cup in 32 years, win their first ever match at a World Cup and be very competitive against the world's premier football country.

Although Brazil had the bulk of the better scoring opportunities in the first half, Australia stayed tight in defence and kept it to 0-0 at half time. After half time however, Brazil took the upper hand immediately when one of the Big Four in Adriano scored a goal. Australia did not panic though, in fact pressing even more to equalise. Hiddink subbed on Bresciano, Kewell and Aloisi a bit later to immediate effect. Bresciano and Kewell had chances after immediately stepping on the field. Kewell had about 3 genuine goal scoring opportunities. Bresciano also made a couple of good runs where he also had a chance at scoring.

With Viduka up front doing a great job as usual and heading down a lot of ball, the Aussies actually looked like levelling the match. Viduka also had a couple of near misses himself. But such is the nature of football, you have to take your chances when presented them, especially against the best team in the world. Instead Brazil counter attacked and put in a second goal, effectively closing out the match. Great teams always find a way to win, even when they don't play at their best.

The signs are good for Australia though. With Croatia and Japan playing out a draw, Australia currently sit second in the group with 3 points. Assuming Japan will lose to Brazil, a draw or win against Croatia will see them through to the second round. This will be no easy task but with the new determination and discipline instilled by Hiddink, they are definitely in with a chance.

5 Comments:

Blogger danielsan said...

Lucky Lucky Brazil. You guys put up a great fight, and were unlucky on couple of chances. I still think you guys will qualify for the next round.

6/20/2006 7:25 AM  
Blogger thanh7580 said...

England are also doing well and have already qualified for the next round so you must be happy. Hopefully Australia can make it to next round too.

6/20/2006 6:23 PM  
Blogger Superb said...

Come on Aussie!!

We're gonna make the round of 16. I can just feel it.

6/20/2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger thanh7580 said...

I can feel it too, so much so that I've put money on them to make it into the last 16.
C'mon Aussies!!!!

6/20/2006 10:05 PM  
Blogger danielsan said...

Yeah England made it, but still doesn't convince me that they'll go all the way. Too negative at times. But hey, finger crossed all the way!

6/21/2006 10:13 AM  

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