SOCCEROOS PLAYER RATINGS v Peru
Australia has rounded out their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 loss to Peru.
After showing plenty of endeavour and enthusiasm in the opening stages and throughout the match, ultimately it was the Aussies’ inability to finish off their chances which was the telling difference.
Peru scored with their first shot of the game after Australia had dominated the play prior to that but the second goal early in the second half effectively killed off the game.
The team that was given a run on the pitch tried their guts out but overall there were only a few players that we thought warranted a high rating.
Mat Ryan (6.5) – had very little to do tonight other than pick the ball out of the back of the net. Oozes confidence at the back though and is definitely our number one shot stopper.
Aziz Behich (7) – ran his heart out and provided a good attacking outlet for the team. Started to get sloppy in the back end of the second half.
Mark Milligan (6.5) – did his job at the back but could have been a bit harder in the lead-up to the second goal which deflected off him to go in.
Trent Sainsbury (6.5) – good once again but his failed clearance led to the first goal.
Josh Risdon (7) – arguably his best game so far in this World Cup. Ran tirelessly and proved a constant menace for the defence.
Aaron Mooy (6.5) – would have expected him to take the game by the scruff of the neck, however, took time to get into the game. Had good patches but didn’t dominate like he did in the opener against France.
Mile Jedinak (6.5) – had a great first half but appeared to be struggling with fitness in the second 45 minutes. Solid but unspectacular.
Tom Rogic (7.5) – looked our most dangerous player until being subbed off which was a strange decision. Was a nightmare for the Peruvian defenders with his touches and better finishing could have seen him bag the all important goal Australia needed to get back into the match.
Robbie Kruse (6.5) – tried hard and set up a few chances in the box but passed backwards more often than not. Subbed off in the second half.
Mat Leckie (7.5) – right up there with Rogic as the Socceroos best on the day. Ran relentlessly and always asked questions of the defence. Unlucky not to have bagged a goal when having a few chances in the box.
Tomi Juric (5) – largely ineffective and didn’t have a game to remember. Just wasn’t the man that Australia needed up front today.
Jackson Irvine, sub (5) – Australia’s last sub and didn’t really do much when asked.
Tim Cahill, sub (6.5) – created time and space when he was subbed on early in the second half. His class was there to see but didn’t really get the service that he needed as the team had dropped its intensity in the back end of the second half.
Daniel Arzani, sub (7) – will be a Socceroo for many years to come. Came on and caused headaches from the moment he ran on the pitch. Brought energy and enthusiasm to the squad.