The Socceroos received a valuable lesson in footballing after a 4-0 defeat against the world’s best team in a friendly match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday night.
Brazil’s first-time captain Philippe Coutinho controlled the first half of the game, dictating the tempo and creating numerous opportunities. Striker Diego Souza put in his first goal in just 12 seconds, thanks to Bailey Wright’s predictable pass. Another goal was scored by defender Thiago Silva in 61-minute mark, and followed by Taison 13 minutes later. Souza closed off the game with his second goal by header in the last minutes.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said he took responsibility for the loss. “We had some objectives and for the most part we achieved them but we failed to deliver on a couple of others,” said Postecoglou. “You never like getting defeated and you don’t like a heavy defeat, particularly at home.
“Apart from the first action of the game, the first half wasn’t too bad … second half, I’ll take responsibility for that. I made a lot of changes, things became disjointed and they capitalised on that.”
The Australian team is set to head for Russia on Thursday for the Confederations Cup’s group stage matches against Germany, Cameroon and Chile.