Football Alive

Arnie makes his point

The Socceroos earned a deserved draw against a tenacious Korean team who looked destined to take an away win, only to let it slip off the last kick of the match.

Their goalkeeper spilled the ball and with Australian players queueing up the ball was kicked free and in for a goal that the VAR thankfully didn’t take off us.

Whilst the draw looked fortuitous, we should have scored a bunch of goals in what was an extremely wasteful opening 45 minutes.

We failed to work their keeper and squandered plenty of good possession, that said, it was pleasing to see us exploit the spaces on the flanks and offer shooting opportunities in the centre of midfield.

Aaron Mooy looked like he was drifting between positions instead of holding one, the recurring problem of playing him and Tom Rogic in the same team remains with both of them vying for an attacking midfield spot but neither fully impressing themselves upon the game.

Rogic played well without providing the class which we are used to seeing when he plays for Celtic, it will be interesting to see if Mooy gets a run at attacking mid vs the Lebanese especially after Rogic played the full 90, something he rarely does in Scotland.

Wanderers defender Josh Risdon was outstanding throughout the match and walked away deservedly with the Man of the match honours, the back 4 of Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan and Behich looked good throughout the game and would have been angry to concede.

Luongo, Leckie and Kruse all had forgettable games which were charcterised by lots of energy but little finesse, they were all popping up in good areas without being able to test the keeper. Awer Mabil came on and again looked a fine prospect for the Socceroos, his ability to run at players, turn and hold the ball up made him hard to play and he can’t be far off a starting berth.

Jamie MacLaren had a strong game without doing anything exceptional and hopefully we persevere with him in the team, it is a crying shame he wasn’t taken to the World Cup. Had he been on the field against Denmark in Russia when Kruse and Leckie butchered a handful of chances from close range who knows how that campaign would have ended.

That both players are still favoured doesn’t bide well for the future, Leckie never scores, Kruse is well past his prime and is regularly injured. There can only be so many chances for players before someone else gets their spot.

It will be interesting to see how Graham Arnold tinkers with the team ahead of a very winnable tie against Lebanon. He leaves Brisbane with a creditable draw against a highly rated team, if we can maintain such form over the next few months then we may just defend our Asian crown.


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