Qantas Young Socceroos go down in tour opener
The Qantas Young Socceroos has lost its opening game of their South American preparation tour, 2-1 to the Under 20 team of top Chilean side Colo Colo. Bruce Djite scored Australia's only goal.
The Qantas Young Socceroos has lost its opening game of their South American preparation tour, 2-1 to the Under 20 team of top Chilean side Colo Colo.
Australia, who arrived in Santiago on Tuesday night and backed up 24 hours later for the match, started strongly and led 1-0 at the break thanks to a Bruce Djite strike. Colo Colo however upped the tempo in the second half and scored twice against a tiring Australian side.
The match started evenly, but Australian gained the ascendancy in the last 25 minutes of the first half and deservedly went ahead in the 35th minute.
Djite capitalized, after the ball deflected off Adelaide United-s Nathan Burns, with the Australian Institute of Sport marksman making no mistake.
Ten minutes after the break the scores were all locked up when a Colo Colo forward pounced on a loose ball at the top of the penalty box, to slam his shot into the top corner.
They were almost ahead five minutes later when a another long range shot this time hit the post and fortunately rebounded away.
The Colo Colo winner came with a little under ten minutes remaining thanks to another stunning strike from outside the penalty box, which Australian keeper Mitchell Langerak could only manage to turn onto the post, but this time though it went in.
Australia 1 (Bruce Djite 35-) Colo Colo U-20 2
Starting line-up: Mitchell Langerak (GK), Peter Eleftherakis, Matt Spiranovic, Stephen O'Dor, Jimmy Downey (Oliver Bozanic 70-), Shaun Ontong (Captain), Nathan Burns, Evan Berger (Tarek Elrich 70-), Chris Grossman, Bruce Djite (Robbie Kruse 75-), Cameron Watson (Troy Hearfield 60-) Subs not used: Aleks Vrteski (gk), Ben Vidaic, Brad Porter, Ryan McGowan, Sebastian Ryall
Cautions: Nathan Burns (39-)
Aussies Abroad: Nabbout, Urawa Red Diamonds win Emperors Cup final
Andrew Nabbout emerged an Emperors Cup Final winner with Urawa Red Diamonds after the J-League outfit defeated Vegalta Sendai 1-0 yesterday evening. Nabbout was an unused substitute as the Reds clinched the trophy thanks to an early strike from Tomoya Ugajin. It is Urawa’s
'Amazing reward': Cahill to feature in FIFA World Football Museum
A pair of Tim Cahill’s boots will join items like the FIFA World Cup trophy, match balls from some of football’s biggest occasions and rare match-worn shirts in FIFA’s World Football Museum in Switzerland. The Caltex Socceroos legend revealed on Instagram on Sunday morning (AE
Boyle given 'all clear' following 'nasty collision'
Caltex Socceroos attacker Martin Boyle has been given the “all clear” following a head knock in Hibernian’s Scottish Premiership win at Hamilton Academical on Sunday morning (AEDT). Boyle needed lengthy treatment before half time after clashing with Hamilton’s Gary Woods and s
Aussies Abroad: Rogic helps Celtic to big win, Mooy suffers late loss
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic provided an assist as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock 5-1 to leapfrog their opponents and move to the top of the Scottish Premiership table. But Huddersfield Town suffered a heartbreaking defeat, with Arsenal needing a late moment of magic to do