Socceroos outplayed Chile but exit Russia

Monday June 26, 2017

The Socceroos matched it with one of world football’s best nations on the world’s biggest stage, outplaying Chile but falling short of advancing to the semi finals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after a 1-1 draw at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

In Tim Cahill’s 100th match for Australia, the Socceroos played a high energy, fast-paced, attack-minded brand of football that combined Ange Postecoglou’s football vision with the long-time characteristics of Socceroo teams of yesteryear.

Postecoglou was left shattered after an eye-catching display, “Hugely disappointed. Just for the players who’ve put in an enormous effort against a world-class team.”

“That’s the kind of team we want to be, that’s the measure now. That’s who we want to be measured against.”

“We made six changes but we were confident the guys coming in had the energy and knew how we wanted to play.”

James Troisi put the Socceroos into a well-deserved lead towards the back end of the first half and when the teams returned from the break only one team looked likely to snare three points.

Chile managed to pull a goal back against the run of the play and although the Socceroos had numerous gilt-edged chances they could not convert dominance into goals.

The match finished 1-1 and Chile advanced, alongside Germany to the semi finals, with the Socceroos finishing the Confederations Cup in third place in the group – ahead of African Champions Cameroon.

News Source: FFA/Socceroos Media