Jun 14, 2010
Australia has been given a mountain to climb if they are to advance from the group stage to the next round of the World Cup after their four goal drubbing at the hands of Germany on Monday.
Coach Pim Verbeek took a gamble at the selection table and it came back to haunt him big time during the match as the Germans picked off Australia at will and exposed many glaring deficiencies in the Socceroos game.
The Australians were made to look second rate by Germany and they allowed the Germans too much space and latitude in general play which continually found the Socceroos out of position and at Germany’s peril time after time.
Germany moved the ball with precision and surety to clinically put the sword to Australia and cut them up all over the park.
Verbeek can take blame for the loss probably more than the players as his defensive mindset and lack of offensive foresight was detrimental to the Socceroos and has severely dented the confidence of the team.
Australia was punished by a very good football side but they must pick themselves up off the floor and move on because they are still in the World Cup and destiny is in their own hands.
They must beat Ghana in their next Group D match on Sunday 20th June to have any realistic chance of competing further at this elite tournament.
The Ghanians were impressive in their 1-0 win against Serbia and it is going to be no easy task for the Socceroos to gain a win over the African side.
Australia must also face Ghana without the services of Tim Cahill after his ridiculous send off during the clash with Germany means he is inelegible to take his place for the Socceroos next match.
The Aussies are known for their fighting spirit and they are going to need every bit they can muster to get up off the canvas to fight another round.
Can they do it?
The heart says oh hell yeah! The head says probably not, but if there’s still a chance, there’s a chance to be taken.
Let’s hope the Socceroos take it!
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