Iain Strachan assesses Australia's frustrating 0-0 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje on Tuesday morning (AEDT). He says the performance of midfielder Oliver Bozanic was one positive to come out of a dire affair.Scratchy start matched the occasion Ange Postecoglou and his captain Mile Jedinak insisted prior to the game Australia's focus wouldn't drop for the second of their two European friendlies. The coach must have anticipated a natural come down from the high of tackling world champions Germany at a packed Fritz-Walter-Stadion to the less inspiring prospect of a run-out against Bosko Gjurovski's men. It may have been laundry night in Skopje, or locals were voting with their feet after four losses and just one win in qualifying for Euro 2016. Either way, the empty seats, running track and mournful peep of scattered vuvuzelas at the Philip II Arena served to negate whatever determination and intent the men in green and gold had hoped to demonstrate. Socceroos held in frustrating draw Socceroos enjoy spells of control An untidy opening to the game gave way to a period of possession and decent passing exchanges from the visitors. Australia couldn't create many noteworthy opportunities, Nathan Burns' shot straight at the goalkeeper from a position of space inside the area perhaps the best chance of the first half. And while Macedonia occasionally mounted some half-hearted counter-attacks, it was the Socceroos who controlled proceedings and showed more intent. Their exploits in the Former Yugoslav Republic won't live too long in the memory, but the sight of Postecoglou's men dictating terms away from home against European opposition was a welcome one.
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