Fans happy with Socceroos' performance
Despite the Socceroos losing their first match against Chile 3-1, fans outside the stadium in Cuiabá seem buoyed by their team's fighting spirit.PT2M12S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3a42a 620 349 June 14, 2014
1 – RYAN (GK) – Tough going for Ryan who was perhaps not given enough protection from the midfield and defence. Still, he let in two goals when the match was still in its infancy and copped a third at the death. Can only get better. Rating: 5.
2 – FRANJIC – Put in the cross that led to Australia’s opener but was questionably positioned for Chile’s second goal. Needed to have a steadier head. His night ended prematurely with injury affecting his chance to have a bigger impact. Rating: 4
3 – DAVIDSON – Didn’t quite get his angles right early, especially when Mat Ryan needed support for Chile’s opening goal. Improved as the match went on, battling away against the brilliant Alexis Sanchez. Rating: 6
Star man: Tim Cahill Photo: Getty Images
4 – CAHILL – A typical Cahill performance with a typical Cahill goal. With a bit of luck, he could have easily had another. He pulled Australia out of their early slumber single-handily. Rating: 7
5 – MILLIGAN – Was one of the Socceroos better performers when few others stood tall early but didn’t have a major impact later on. Rating 5.
6 – SPIRANOVIC – After shining against Croatia, the pulsing energy of this contest was a bigger ask. Like several others, worked his way into the game and won some headers and made some nice clearances. Rating 6.
World Cup 2014: Socceroos v Chile highlights
Chile's Eduardo Vargas is challenged by Australia's Alex Wilkinson. Photo: AP
7 – LECKIE – Full marks for effort but not always for execution. Never stopped running at both ends of the pitch and played his role in Australia’s opener. Thrived in the open spaces and will definitely keep his spot. Rating 6.
11 – OAR – The left-winger looked a solid outlet in the first 45 minutes but was hooked by Ange Postecoglou midway through the second half. Couldn’t quite get the best from his partnership with Davidson. Rating 5.
15 - JEDINAK(C) – Found the going tough in the heat and against an exceptionally mobile Chilean midfield. Wanted to impose his will on the game but the pattern of the match didn’t play into his hands.Rating 5.
22 – WILKINSON – This was never going to be easy for Wilkinson as he plugged away manfully despite being overwhelmed. Cleared a certain goal off the line but found the quality of the opponent extremely difficult. Rating 5.
23 – BRESCIANO - Looked badly off the pace in the first half when he was needed the most. However, he lifted in the second 45 minutes and had some key touches before being substituted. Nearly turned his night around with a sparkling volley, only to be denied by Claudio Bravo. Rating: 6.
James Troisi – Couldn’t make the impact he’d have hoped when he came on.
Ben Halloran – Used his pace to good effect when played out of position.
Ryan McGowan – Gave his best when replacing Franjic, did nothing majorly wrong.