Glimpses of brilliance
Regardless of France’s eventual demolition of the Aussies within the opening group match, Graham Arnold’s males finally had moments of high quality which despatched the reigning champions on the again foot early.
Nonetheless, comparable moments proved few and much between for the remainder of the match, because the Socceroos solely mustered three extra pictures within the remaining 80 minutes – the purpose proving to be their solely shot on the right track for all the match.
“Nothing in to run in behind. How did we get our purpose within the first half? By taking part in that beautiful ball excessive, making a run in behind, placing stress on them, making them make a mistake.”
Belated substitutions come again to hang-out
Arnold made only one change earlier than Kylian Mbappe headed dwelling France’s third purpose of the night, solely to be adopted by one other emphatic aerial end from Olivier Giroud three minutes later.
“[After] 45 minutes in opposition to Kylian Mbappe it was clear that he was doing very well on that facet, so we thought that perhaps he was going to vary Atkinson earlier, I imply he received by an unimaginable quantity of labor.
“So, at what level are we going to go up and begin to press them? You clearly wanted these recent legs on the wings specifically, as you noticed which finally occurred with Kuol and Mabil, the best full-back modified, [but] deliver the staff up and begin to put some stress on them and take some extra danger.”
Fatigue exposes defensive points
Rowles additionally made a latest return to membership motion forward of Qatar 2022 however was beforehand sidelined for eight weeks by Scottish membership Coronary heart of Midlothian, after struggling a damaged foot.
“This may be Harry Souttar solely taking part in one recreation the final 12 months.”
Proper-back to sq. one
Australia’s right-back conundrum, which was beforehand outlined by SBS Sport’s Jonathan Bernard as a priority within the Socceroos’ play-off victory over United Arab Emirates, rose to the fore as soon as once more of their opening World Cup defeat to France.
Being an encounter with little room for error for the Aussies, Arnold could also be left with no selection however to not begin the younger defender of their second group match.
Subsequent cease: Tunisia
Arnold will strive desperately to repair the cracks within the Australian set-up in what has the potential to be an thrilling end-to-end encounter in opposition to the world’s Thirtieth-ranked nation.