Joeys head coach Tony Vidmar has praised his side’s resilience after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica on Monday morning (AEDT).
Australia’s U-17 national team went behind early after conceding a goal following a turnover in defence, but fought back in the second half through a Jake Brimmer free kick.
Joeys head coach Tony Vidmar said the catalyst in the result was understanding how the Costa Ricans were playing the game and shutting them down.
“In the first half we had a lot of issues with turning the ball over cheaply, and our pressing wasn’t great,” Vidmar said.
“In the second half, we changed that.
“Our pressing was a lot better and they found it difficult to play.”
The Costa Ricans lined up with a 5-3-2 which caused the Australians some problems early on.
After the early goal, the Joeys found their feet and began to take control of the game.
Vidmar said the second half showed not only the resilience of the Joeys, but proved they were ready for the big occasion come next week.
“We had a lot more of the ball [in the second half] and we created a lot more opportunities to score.
“Overall, there were a lot of good moments to take out of that game against Costa Rica.
“We need to take those moments into next week.
“That performance shows we’re ready for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.”
Australia kicks off its campaign against Germany on Monday, 19 October at 6.00am [AEDT], before taking on Mexico on Thursday, 22 October at 7.00am, and wrapping up its group games against Sunday, 25 October at 9.00am, and all three group games will be broadcasted live and in full high-definition on SBS ONE.
A top-two finish will see the Joeys automatically progress to the Round of 16, while a third-placed finish in its group will leave Australia with a nervous wait to see if it is one of top four third-placed teams, who will also qualify.
In addition to broadcasting all of Australia’s games, SBS will also broadcast both Semi-Finals of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile on Friday, 6 November.
Aussies Abroad: Milligan triumphs in battle of the Aussies, Jeggo suffers defeat in Austria
There were two Caltex Socceroos in action across Europe on Saturday morning (AEDT) as Mark Milligan and Jimmy Jeggo stepped out for Hibernian and Austria Vienna respectively.... Milligan played the full 90 in Scotland as Hibs overcame Dundee in a 4-2 thriller at Dens Park. AUS
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic injured as Genk exit Europa League
It wasn’t a happy night in the UEFA Europa League for Danny Vukovic as he was stretched off in Genk’s 4-1 loss to Slavia Prague on Friday morning (AEDT). AUSSIES ABROAD: Vukovic features in top-two battle NEW DEAL: In-form Vukovic rewarded with contract extension Still sco
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's plenty for Caltex Socceroos fans to sink their teeth into this weekend with our homegrown heroes gearing up for some massive matches. Mathew Leckie attempts to slay a giant in Germany, two Aussies set aside national team loyalties in Denmark and Aaron Mooy goes on the
In-form Vukovic earns Genk contract extension
Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been rewarded for his excellent form with a two-season contract extension at Belgian club KRC Genk. The 33-year-old's deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but the Pro League leaders have taken up their option to extend