Socceroos Matt McKay, Ben Halloran and Oliver Bozanic say the hit out against Parana Clube was just what the squad needed ahead of the naming of Australia's 23-man World Cup squad tonight (AEST).
The trio all played a part in the Socceroos 2-0 training run win against the Brazilian second-division side at the Arena Unimed Sicoob in Vitoria.
The match also provided some valuable game time for squad members that didn't play a part in the farewell match against South Africa.
Two first-half goals from Oliver Bozanic and Adam Taggart were enough to seal the result, while the win was soured by the withdrawal of Tom Rogic who remains under an injury cloud.
All in all the players felt the match would help improve fitness levels and fine tune skills on ball after a grueling week at their training base.
They admitted there was some anxiety in camp ahead of the naming of Australia's final FIFA World Cup squad but pledged every player had done all they could to warrant inclusion.
Watch the video to hear how the Socceroos perceived the match against Parana Clube and their thoughts on this weekend's friendly against Croatia.
The Socceroos play Croatia in a friendly on Friday night (kick off 9am AEST time Saturday morning live on Fox Sports) ahead of their tournament opener against Chile on June 13.
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