The Socceroos fielded three debutantes in the loss to Belgium - here's how the players rated after going down in Liege.
Mat Ryan 7.5
Good stop low down from Mertens in the first 45 and couldn’t be faulted for the Belgium goals. All-round very good showing from the Belgium-based keeper who did his prospects no harm.
Jason Davidson 6.5
Was caught out for the Belgium goal in the first half and had his hands full with a lively De Bruyne but was solid throughout, particularly in the second half as Australia came into the game.
Alex Wilkinson 6.5
Survived a tough first half but another composed display from the former Mariner with his new defensive partner Sainsbury.
Trent Sainsbury 6.5
The debutant showed some promising signs on another tough night for the Australian defence.
Chris Herd 6.5
Made his debut and looked solid despite having his hands full in a torrid first half for the Socceroos at right back. Was clattered by Mertens early on and succumbed to a knee injury just before the break but showed promise at this level.
Mile Jedinak 6
Gave away a host of free kicks early on as he attempted to contain the free-flowing Belgians in the centre of the park. Elbowed Mirallas in the second half which might have been a red card on another night but worked very hard on a difficult night for Australia.
Mark Milligan 6.5
Did what he always does, pass well and work hard but like the team battled at times to contain the Belgians.
Tommy Oar 6
Came into the game in the second half as the Socceroos stepped it up and controlled possession. Was subbed off after 60 minutes.
Mark Bresciano 7.5
Composed in a side that desperately needs to control the tempo of matches at times.
Matt Leckie 7.5
Blotted his copybook with an attempt to win a penalty when he should’ve stayed on his feet, but worked hard and moved to central striker when Cahill came off. Had a much better second half
Tim Cahill 6.5
Tough night against Kompany and co. but had a decent chance to score in the first half and held the ball up well.
Josh Brillante 6
Came on in the final moments of the first half for Herd. Was comfortable at right back and got forward when he could but it was a tough introduction against Chadli,Witsel and co.
Ben Halloran 6.5
On for Oar at the hour mark and fashioned some chances down the right side.
Massimo Luongo 7
On for Bresciano at the hour mark and showed some promising touches.
Brad Smith n/a
Another debutant. On for Cahill after the Liverpool loanee’s papwerwork came through on the day of the game. Came on for the final 20 minutes.
Carl Valeri n/a
On for the final few minutes in place of Milligan.
Tomi Juric n/a
On for the final few minutes in place of Leckie.
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