Australian World Cup Campaign Wraps Up

Bit of a shame the boys are coming home early, but they certainly gave it a good shake, especially in the last game against Serbia. Suspensions certainly didn’t help matters and obviously the big issue was the initial performance against Germany, which caused the team to have a horrifying goal difference (which ultimately proved the difference: Australia finishing level with Ghana but well behind on GD). I still can’t quite fathom what would have caused Verbeek to throw out the tactics used throughout the qualifiers and switch to an awkward 4-4-2 but with mid-fielders at the pointy end… *shrugs*. Anyway, still some good performances (especially from Holman – I never thought much of his play but he certainly took the bull by the horns this time around) which give some hope for the future – especially the upcoming Asian Cup.

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