Socceroos Draw With Slovakia

AUSTRALIA has fought out a nil-all draw with SLOVAKIA, in the second round of matches of the Four Nation Soccer Tournament being played in Valparaiso, Chile. The LG Socceroos dominated the match which was played in blustery conditions, but were unable to put the finishing touch on several scoring opportunities.

AUSTRALIA has fought out a nil-all draw with SLOVAKIA, in the second round of matches of the Four Nation Soccer Tournament being played in Valparaiso, Chile. The LG Socceroos dominated the match which was played in blustery conditions, but were unable to put the finishing touch on several scoring opportunities.

Coach FRANK FARINA was happy with the team-s performance, coming on the heels of the tough game against Chile just three days ago.

“I was very pleased with the way we played out there today, and I suppose the only thing that I-m disappointed with is that we didn-t get the win, because I really felt we deserved it to be honest.

“Overall we dominated the game, the Slovakians virtually sat behind the ball for the entire match and their game plan seemed to be to try and catch us on the break, which never eventuated.

“Towards the end of the game we had 2-3 really good chances, Pablo Cardozo had a great strike which the keeper parried for a corner and then another one 2 minutes later which just hit the keepers arm and was dead lucky.

“The conditions were particularly windy and that had its bearing on the game, but I-m really happy with the way the boys backed up.”

LG SOCCEROOS TEAM LINE-UP Mark Schwarzer, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Laybutt, Luke Casserly, Hayden Foxe, Paul Okon (c), Josip Skoko, Kasey Wehrman (Brad Maloney 71-), Scott Chipperfield (Pablo Cardozo 80-), Steve Corica, David Zdrilic

Yellow Cards: Shaun Murphy 5-, Steve Corica 14- Venue: Valparaiso, Chile Next Game: Vs Bulgaria, with kick-off at 10.00am Wednesday 16th February AEST.

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