Match Results

by GGArmy on June 27, 2011

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Match Review

Despite a much-improved effort on its first outing, the Joeys have fallen to Brazil one-nil at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Mexico.

What a difference a day makes. Well, three actually. After being outplayed by Ivory Coast in their first game, Australia turned in a far more fluent and positive performance against heavyweights Brazil. After ‘pinching’ three points first up, luck would abandon the green and gold this morning.
A sprightly first half for the Australians slowly dried up in the second period as the South Americans turned up the heat.

Riley Woodcock was a standout, as was West Ham prospect Dylan Tombides, a scorer in the first game, who was again a presence up front, keeping the Seleção’s defence honest.

Ultimately the difference between the teams proved a wonder-free kick from 25-yards by Adryan in the 76th minute.

SBS analyst Kimon Taliadoros said the Brazilians increased second half pressure was ultimately too much for Australia.

“The tactical change [for Brazil] was to push on and take on the game, and we didn’t cope very well.

“Without the ball we were good, with the ball we were found wanting.”

Joeys coach Jan Versleijen lamented the loss.

“You would always like to go into the third game already qualified.”

The Joeys meet Denmark on Monday at 9am, the match will be broadcast live on SBS.