Qantas Socceroos Player Ratings
Tommy was simply Oarsome and Ruka was blistering and brilliant, but how did we rate the rest of the squad?
We bring you the Qantas Socceroos Player Ratings from their international friendly with Korea Republic
Mark Schwarzer: It was a questionable choice of keeper-s jersey, but aside from the fashion faux pas, Schwarzer was, as always a tower of strength at the back for the Qantas Socceroos. He was strong overhead and quick off his line throughout the match and in truth there was little he could do about the early goal. Rating 8
Michael Thwaite: Played out of position all night and it showed. Gave his man too much space in the move that led to Lee Dong-Guk-s goal, but aside from that was solid if unspectacular. He gives the coach versatility and it would be really interesting to see how well he would go if deployed in the centre of defence. Rating 6
Lucas Neill: The captain had his ups and downs in this match, which has become a somewhat disturbing characteristic of his game. Nearly scored his maiden international goal from a header only to be denied he was also caught out on Korea-s goal, standing there with his hand up claiming offside before getting back, his over the head pass back to Robbie Cornthwaite in the first half was also a head scratcher. Rating 6
Ryan McGowan: His club may be in jeopardy but McGowan-s own future certainly is not. He was not only tight to his man in defence but often found space when going forward in what was a quality display. Rating 7
Robert Cornthwaite: No doubt he was partly responsible for Korea-s goal but he more than made up for it with some desperate tackles and clearances. It was that desperation that saw him score the winner for the Socceroos and collect the official man of the match award. Rating 7.5
Tommy Oar: Simply Oarsome! He came of age for the Socceroos in this game and put on a fantastic 90 minute display. A display that screamed pick me on a regular basis and it might just be hard for Holger Oseick to turn him down. Rating 8.5
Carl Valeri : His 50th match in the green and gold was hardly one to remember. Like most of his recent performances fro the Qantas Socceroos, Valeri was serviceable but hardly made any impact, a few searching long balls never really found their mark. Needs to find his mojo. Rating 5
James Holland: Really showed his class in the second half of the match. When the game opened up Holland took control of the middle of the park and slotted several passes through to his attackers, his vision has always been good and now he has shown Australia that. Rating 7
Archie Thompson: For the first time in a while it wasn-t the Archie Thompson show for the Qantas Socceroos, but that was through no fault of his own, try as he might Thompson just couldn-t make an impact on the game, and it was because of some poor service to him, despite that he tried hard all night and did a lot of helping out in defence. Rating 6.5
Alex Brosque: Simply put not his best night. He worked hard but didn-t get results and to be honest wasn-t a threat on goal at all. Rating 5.5
Nikita Rukavytsya: The turbo jets were firing for the speedy striker and he didn-t let anyone down on this night. A constant threat to the Taeguk Warriors, his speed caused them major issues and he took his chance when it was presented with a stylish left-footed finish. Rating 8.5
Aziz Behich: Showed what a full-time left back can do and owned the role when he came into the fray. Wasn-t his usual self in the sense that there were no marauding runs down the wing, but could have just been trying to find his feet at this level. Regardless it-s hard to see him displacing Matt McKay. Rating 6
Tom Rogic: Will probably be keen to forget fluffing a chance from a delightful cross, but he showed a little bit of pace and flair, but in all likelihood he needed more time in the game. Rating NR
Eli Babalj: The tower of power only played 9 minutes, but it seems his predatory instincts are still intact. He was only denied the winner because of the goal post, but will surely claim the assist for Cornthwaite-s finish. Rating NR
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