Wright in Russia for Confederations Cup
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 12:45
Ange Postecoglou shrugged off the difficulty of the challenge facing his Australia team on Monday (AEST) and insisted having to beat Chile by two goals to guarantee FIFAConfederations Cup progress was "perfect". "And we continue to search, but you have to find the striker who is going to score goals".
"However, players like Jonas Hector or Julian Draxler could do with a break, so I can imagine making five or six changes". "It is not the worst thing in the world when you get a view of the sea at meal-times".
"He said there was a similar incident in St Petersburg, Russia's second city, on Tuesday when the bus turned up 45 minutes late at the hotel and got further delayed in more traffic".
Mark Milligan penalty on the hour mark ensured a point for Australia.
Cahill is also Australia's record scorer by some margin - his 48 goals are 19 clear of his nearest rival - leaving him just two shy of another significant landmark.
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi agreed that both teams played well in what was a very technical game.
With first-choice shot-stopper Manuel Neuer recovering from foot surgery, Loew says he may well rotate his goalkeeper with Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Trapp expected to start.
Cameroon coach Hugo Broos fielded the same starting line-up for both their opening 2-0 defeat to Chile and Thursday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Australia. Again, though, the African champions seemed impervious to the building Australian pressure and their three-pronged forward line continued to taunt the Socceroos' much-maligned back three.
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou threw on Tim Cahill, the country s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, but the 37-year-old could not break the deadlock on his 99th global appearance. It is a feat some of football's greatest ever names have not been able to better - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among them.
Joachim Low has been criticised for using many of his younger squad at the Confederation Cup, but in the game against Chile, they stood up, to what is now considered an emerging powerhouse of South American football, and it looks good for the side ahead of next year's World cup.
In turn, the attack of Australia is ready for the tournament by 100%.
"He's scored at three World Cups, if that's not world class then I don't know what is".
"And every one has been earned".
Bravo, 34, has not played since injuring his calf in April during a derby against Manchester United. Elsewhere, in #Group B, Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all time goalscorer with his thirty-eighth global goal in Thursday's draw with Germany.