May 26, 2014
Australia has played out a one-all draw with South Africa tonight in a World Cup warm up match in Sydney.
The new look Socceroos came out full of fire and brimstone in the first stanza to dominate the South Africans on a sub standard pitch at Stadium Australia in the harbour city.
Australia were all over South Africa early but failed to capitalise on a number of excellent chances created by the likes of Tommy Oar and captain Tim Cahill.
Oar was very much in the mix in the early forward thrusts for the Socceroos and there was plenty to like about the way the Australians were going about it.
The Socceroos were in full control early on but in the blink of an eye South Africa took the lead with their first attack in the 13th minute when Ayanda Patosi found the net through a sea of legs in the penalty area, very much against the run of play.
A stunned crowd had little time to react as Australia went forward from the resultant kick-off and Tim Cahill rose to great heights to get on the end of a Tommy Oar cross to head home a magnificent goal for Australia within 60 seconds of the South Africans scoring.
It was one-all after 14 minutes and that’s how it would stay until half-time, with both sides settling down to play some attractive football in the first 45 minutes.
The second half was much like the last 15 minutes of the first half with both sides creating chances but neither side having the finishing skills to get the job done.
It was an impressive, although at times mistake riddled, performance by the Socceroos under the Ange Postecoglou game plan, and while they will find it a much different proposition in Brazil against the world’s best sides, at least they are playing attacking football which is going to benefit them more in the long run.
Australia 1 – 1 South Africa
13m Ayanda Patosi (SA)
14m Tim Cahill (AUS)
26m James Holland (AUS)
79m Mathew Leckie (AUS)
83m Anele Ngcongca (SA)
Subs (AUS): 48m Matt McKay (James Troisi), 62m Ben Halloran (Tim Cahill), 71m Dario Vidosic (Tommy Oar), 73m Oliver Bozanic (James Holland), 84m Josh Kennedy (Mathew Leckie)
Subs (SA): 64m Themba Zwane (Ayanda Patosi), 91m Siyabonga Nhlapo (Thulani Serero)
Venue: Stadium Australia (Sydney)
1 Matthew Ryan, 22 Alex Wilkinson, 2 Ivan Franjic, 19 Ryan McGowan, 3 Jason Davidson, 14 James Troisi, 16 James Holland, 5 Mark Milligan, 4 Tim Cahill (c), 7 Mathew Leckie, 11 Tommy Oar
Subs: 8 Luke Wiltshire, 17 Matt McKay, 20 Dario Vidosic, 26 Ben Halloran, 30 Oliver Bozanic
1 Senzo Meyiwa, 14 Eric Mathoho, 5 Anele Ngcongca, 4 Thabo Nthethe, 3 Thato Mokeke, 10 Thulani Serero, 6 Hlompho Kekana, 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane (c), 18 Thuso Phala, 7 Ayanda Patosi, 23 Tokelo Rantie
Subs: 8 Themba Zwane, 9 Siphelele Mthembu, 11 Bongani Zungu
Australia will play Croatia in their next World Cup friendly on Saturday 7th June 2014 at Estadio De Pituacu in Salvador, Bahia state, Brazil at 9:00am AEST Melbourne time.
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