The Socceroos left completely the whole lot out on the sector on the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Argentina.
Graham Arnold’s aspect pushed till the very finish however got here up brief, as two errors gifted the Albiceleste their two targets.
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Mat Ryan – 4
The Socceroos skipper made a number of essential saves all through the sport, however there was little he might do to disclaim Messi’s opener. He additionally got here up huge late within the sport to disclaim Lautaro Martinez. But his nightmare blunder gifted Argentina their second purpose which in the end proved to be the distinction.
Aziz Behich – 5
Had loads of power to begin the sport and made driving runs into the Argentinian half. However, his feelings acquired the higher of him as he acquired right into a tussle with Messi earlier than giving freely a useless foul on Papu Gomez which in the end led to Argentina’s opener. Recovered effectively within the second half and virtually scored with a slaloming run however was denied by a late block.
Harry Souttar – 8
A towering presence on the again as soon as once more, Souttar’s distribution was on level all through. Perhaps might have accomplished higher for Messi’s opener having rushed out to dam it along with his legs huge open, however that’s with the good thing about hindsight. Was thrown up entrance on the finish searching for a ultimate equaliser however did appear a bit like a fish out of water.
Kye Rowles – 7
Made a number of main blocks early and handled opposition assaults early. Could have maybe cleared the ball as a substitute of taking part in Ryan into hassle for Argentina’s second, however defended effectively at any time when Argentina burst ahead on the counter late within the sport.
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Milos Degenek – 6
An early reserving meant Degenek was strolling a disciplinary tightrope for a lot of the sport. Didn’t get ahead too typically however did his job as a defender. Subbed off in 72nd minute.
Aaron Mooy – 8
How this man had the engine to play one other 90 minutes with the quantity of operating he did is astonishing. Distributed the ball effectively within the first half and was the important thing in serving to the Socceroos play out from the again. Tiredness started to kick in as the sport wore on, however nonetheless acquired up and down for each transition.
Jackson Irvine – 7
Booked within the first half however didn’t cease him from placing in challenges. Like Mooy, he didn’t cease operating all sport and helped unfold the ball across the park.
Keanu Baccus – 6
What a stage to make your first worldwide begin for the Socceroos. Had a bushy second early within the first half when there have been shouts for a handball from the St. Mirren midfielder, however the ball smacked off his physique first. Also laid in a great problem on Messi early to make his mark. Struggled with the ball in possession, however that’s comprehensible given the setting.
Riley McGree – 6.5
Started out on the left as a substitute of Goodwin, however was given a little bit of license to roam and decide up the ball. Linked up along with his teammates effectively however couldn’t fairly unlock a plucky Argentinian backline.
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Mat Leckie – 6
Looked shattered after the win over Denmark and it appeared to hold over into the sport in opposition to Argentina. But the Melbourne City winger by no means gave up and tracked again at each alternative. Sadly simply didn’t have a lot left within the tank and was subbed off in 72nd minute.
Mitchell Duke – 7
A human Duracell bunny, Duke chased down the whole lot that was lumped ahead in his route. Sadly didn’t get any alternatives on purpose however his defensive work was second to none.
Ajdin Hrustic – 6
Hrustic regarded to make issues occur when he got here on within the 58th minute. Mainly operated on the proper however popped up throughout searching for the ball however sadly couldn’t make it occur.
Craig Goodwin – 6.5
Subbed on within the 58th minute. Got the Aussies again on the scoresheet when his strike flew into the face of Enzo Fernandez and into the again of the web. Sent a number of balls into the field late which brought on loads of havoc for Argentines.
Jamie Maclaren – 6
Came on for Duke within the 72nd minute. Had a late probability in direction of the tip however couldn’t carry the ball down in time.
Fran Karacic – 6
Looked to get ahead as a lot as potential which sadly left loads of house behind him for Argentina to assault into.
Garang Kuol – 6.5
He might have damaged the web if he squeezed his probability in proper on the dying. Didn’t become involved as a lot he would have appreciated, however what a second for an adolescent.
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