Monday, 18 June, 2018

Hungary vs. Australia - Football Match Report

Bert van Marwijk takes a Socceroos training session Camera Icon Bert van Marwijk takes a Socceroos training
Cary Erickson | 11 June, 2018, 12:26

Luongo will hope he has done enough to earn a starting role in the Aussie's Group C opener against France in a weeks time having previously completed 90 minutes in their 4-0 win against the Czech Republic eight days ago.

Australia's impressive pre-World Cup results continued with a 2-1 victory over Hungary that was marked by two blundering own-goals towards the end of a combative encounter.

Following a goalless first half at the Groupama Arena, the deadlock was finally broken in the 74th minute by 19-year-old Arzani, who had started the match on the bench but came on for Robbie Kruse in the 73rd minute.

"First half was poor, we made a lot of mistakes, we ran too much with the ball".

The Dutch tactician told the Sydney Morning Herald spending his own funds form his very own bank account to help Australia progress past the group stage of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"This was a game where you must have patience. patience and playing the ball with concentration and the right speed is easy to say but in practice, difficult".

Mile Jedinak and Tomi Juric came on at half-time, with Juric hauled off on 80 minutes for Tim Cahill.

Socceroos assistant coach Mark van Bommel
Camera Icon Socceroos assistant coach Mark van

His backroom staff include World Cup Runner-Up and Champions League victor Mark van Bommel.

However, Australia defender Trent Sainsbury headed into his own net after a misunderstanding with substitute goalie Brad Jones with two minutes remaining.

Jackson Irvine's determination ensured the Socceroos would come out on top.

Arzani (centre) injected spark into a rusty Socceroos performance.

"We worked very hard the last three weeks. today I saw already maybe after half an hour that we were very exhausted", he said.

"But you saw after the 1-1 in the team, that they didn't think about 1-1, they wanted to win".

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