Australia fought to the end in their match with France but unfortunately a touch of brilliance from Paul Pogba is what separated the teams at the finish.
France got the verdict 2-1 thanks to goals from Antoine Greizmann and Paul Pogba while the Socceroos managed to equalize through a Mile Jedinak spot kick.
The Socceroos certainly didn’t lose any admirers from the performance, especially after being level at nil-all with the French at the break, but now we look ahead to our next match against Denmark on Thursday evening.
Mat Ryan (8) – was solid at the back and pulled off some great saves and continually cut off dangerous balls into the box. Being off his line for Pogba’s chip was the only downside.
Aziz Behich (7) – did his job at the back and was constantly in the thick of the action. Was outpaced early but got better as the game wore on.
Mark Milligan (7.5) – solid as a rock at the back and when we were under pressure early in the match, he stood up.
Trent Sainsbury (8) – one of the Socceroos best on the day. Was sensational at the back and consistently troubled the French attack, giving very little space. Was also good in being the first or second cab off the rank for attack from the back too.
Josh Risdon (6.5) - had a decent game but conceded the penalty that led to Greizmann’s goal. Got tired late.
Aaron Mooy (8.5) – bossed the midfield and punched above his weight against the likes of Pogba and co. Was box-to-box and did plenty in defence as well as attack. Star!
Mile Jedinak (7.5) – led from the front which is what you would expect from a captain. Faded a bit late with a few bad passes and lazy defending but kept his head to slot in the equalizer from the spot.
Tom Rogic (6) – barely got into the game and whenever he did touch the ball, had at least two French players on him.
Robbie Kruse (7) – does this guy stop running? Is tough, speedy and never gives up and was always some sort of threat running down the flanks.
Mat Leckie (7) – was a constant menace down the flanks and did his job both in attack and defence.
Andrew Nabbout (7) – tremendous amount of defensive pressure off the ball for Nabbout but had very limited opportunities to bag a goal for the Socceroos.
Jackson Irvine, sub (6) – did what he could in the limited time he had. Brought energy and enthusiasm onto the pitch in an effort to push Australia’s cause for another goal.
Tomi Juric, sub (5.5) – came on but couldn’t make an impact. Limited opportunities and the ball failed to get to him most of the time.
Daniel Arzani, sub (5.5) – similar to Juric in that he didn’t get the chances to create something when coming on. Will be better for the experience.