The Olyroos have fallen to a second straight defeat against Korea Republic, going down 2-1 in their friendly in Incheon on Monday night.
Having lost 2-0 to the same opponents on Friday, Aurelio Vidmar’s side were hoping to turn the tables on their hosts but came up short against the AFC powerhouses.
Korea started the brighter of the two sides and dominated possession.
While the Olyroos scrambled well to stay on level terms, it was only a matter of time before the home side went ahead via Ryu Seungwoo’s header.
Ross County’s Socceroo Jackson Irvine went close to an equaliser from a set-piece after the break as Vidmar made a raft of changes to try and spark his side into action.
But the Olyroos then conceded a second in sloppy fashion as goal-keeper Aaron Lennox failed to control a back-pass allowing the ball to roll in and gift the home side a goal.
Andrew Hoole then halved the deficit late on with a fantastic strike but it was too little, too late for the Aussie youngsters.
While no doubt disappointed with the back-to-back defeats, Vidmar’s focus will be on delivering when it counts at January’s AFC U-23 Championships in Qatar.
The Olyroos have been grouped with the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Jordan at the 16-team tournament, which will see the top three sides qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.