SOCCEROOS PLAYER RATINGS v Denmark
Bert Van Marwijk’s side once again earned respect when they went toe-to-toe with Denmark in the second of their pool matches at the FIFA World Cup.
In a similar performance to the one against France over the weekend, Australia showed that they can match it with some of the best teams in the world and that is reflected in the consistency across the board in our player ratings for this match.
The Socceroos earned a 1-1 draw against Denmark after another Mile Jedinak penalty brought us level with Denmark who took the lead after seven minutes thanks to Spurs hitman, Christian Eriksen.
Interestingly there was no room once again for Tim Cahill who was left on the bench.
Mat Ryan (7.5) – didn’t have to do a great deal but was solid once again. Is destined to keep the GK jersey for quite some time.
Aziz Behich (7.5) – was very good tonight and improved on his effort against France the other night. Proved to be a handy tool in attack too.
Mark Milligan (6.5) – a bit lost when Eriksen had the early strike on goal and struggled in the early stages of the game. Got better and better as the minutes progressed though.
Trent Sainsbury (6.5) – couldn’t replicate his effort against France the other night but like Milligan, seemed to become more comfortable as each minute passed.
Josh Risdon (7.5) – was one of Australia’s best on the night. Was solid in the back and proved a headache with his deep attacking raids.
Aaron Mooy (7) – couldn’t really get into a rhythm in the first half but showed why he is so influential to the team during the second 45 minute period.
Mile Jedinak (7) – once again kept his cool from the spot to earn us a point. Played pretty deep for most of the game which nullified any threat he could give the Socceroos in attack.
Tom Rogic (8) – looked dangerous every time he touched the ball. Ran straight at the defence a few times and scared the life out of them. Our best on the night.
Robbie Kruse (7) – put himself into the game with long runs and decent positioning in the box. Didn’t get the bounce of the ball when presented with a few half chances.
Mat Leckie (7) – one of our best attacking threats in this match but like Kruse, would’ve liked to see a few of his crosses find the mark.
Andrew Nabbout (7) – worked tirelessly once again without much reward. Wasn’t given much chance to score which was a similar case against France.
Jackson Irvine, sub (5) – came on late and did what he could in the limited time he had.
Tomi Juric, sub (5) – similar to Irvine in that the game had begun to flat line by the time he came on. Limited opportunities.
Daniel Arzani, sub (7) – set to be a Socceroo for many years to come. A brilliant 22-minute cameo from the youngster who caused the Danish defence a few headaches. Had a shot and set up a few chances too.