We’re seven days into the FIFA World Cup and I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Germany got beat – admittedly by a good Mexico team – Japan knocked off Colombia, Russia has eight goals in two games and the Golden Boot leader is some guy named Own Goal.
And then we’ve got the Socceroos. We put in a solid performance against France, but were cruelly denied by a VAR decision and ball that barely crossed the line for a goal.
Now we’ve got Denmark – and it’s time to step it up.
We were solid defensively against France, and in possession we were quite good.
But we struggled in the final third of the park, that’s where we need to improve. We didn’t really create too many opportunities and if we don’t do that tonight we’re in trouble.
The good news is that we’re up against a weaker squad than France and we should be able to open them up and hopefully take our chances.
I’m intrigued to see if Bert makes any changes to the starting eleven.
There was talk about Mile Jedinak not starting the first game and the question is, has he done enough to keep his spot?
He probably has, but it depends what style of play you want to go for. If Massimo Luongo comes into the team, he’s someone who’s a little bit more creative.
Luongo could also come in for Tommy Rogic as well. I’m a big admirer of Rogic but unfortunately he hasn’t done much in his last couple of starts for the Socceroos, so that’s a potential change.
And what about young Daniel Arzani, should he be given the chance to start? Again, I’m a big admirer of his play, but defensively does he gives you enough or does Robbie Kruse shore up the team a little more?
No matter who starts though, the bottom line is that this almost a must-win match because I really like Peru, I think they’re a quality team.
We have a better chance to secure all three points in this game against Denmark than we do in the last one against Peru.
The boys need to come up big and I have a gut feeling they will. 2-1 Australia for me.
World Cup Likes & Dislikes
Like: Trent Sainsbury
He was probably our main man against France and going into the game I said that if we were going to win he was going to have to have a great performance and he did that. To be honest, each and every time Trent pulls on that Socceroos jersey he seems to go to another level. He’s a player I really enjoy watching – he’s calm and relaxed on the ball and I think he’s a good leader to have out there on the pitch.
Dislike: France’s VAR Penalty
I think the original touch from Risdon is there and in my opinion what happens after that initial touch is irrelevant. I think we were a little bit hard done by there. It just seems to be the way with Australia at the World Cup – the big decisions seem to go against us and the big teams get the decisions going for them.
I thought they performed quite well against Tunisia, especially in the first 45 minutes. They created plenty of chances, which unfortunately they didn’t finish. But the signs are good and if they continue to play in the same manner, they could have a decent World Cup. I actually really rate this England side: they’ve got youth and speed all over the pitch and for the first time in years they’re not expected to deliver – that should help them.
I don’t think we can use VAR too much throughout the game but if there is simulation I think there should be harsher punishments than what players are getting at the moment. It’s something that’s been a problem for a long time and I know I hate seeing it. In fact, it’s disgusting. We all want to do our best to help our teams win, but that’s taking it a step too far. We need to find a better way to punish the culprits.