World Cup 2014: Socceroos player ratings

Australia players pose for a team photo before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio. Photo: Getty Images1 – RYAN (GK) – Showed some nice touches with his feet and made some solid saves but also could have done better for the first goal – and certainly the third and deciding Dutch goal. Rating: 5.
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19 – McGOWAN – Although the Oranje found some joy on his side, McGowan more than admirably filled the void left by Ivan Franjic. Also provided the diagonal cross that Tim Cahill volleyed home.Rating: 6.5

3 – DAVIDSON – The tournament looks to be the making of Davidson, who had a ding-dong battle with Arjen Robben. Gave everything he had and never stopped running, right to the end. Broke even with one of the world’s best wingers. Rating: 7

22 – WILKINSON – Had a huge blunder when he was wrong-footed by Robben for the opening goal. That affected his confidence and although he played well on the ball, he found Robin van Persie a major problem as the game went on. Rating 5

6 – SPIRANOVIC – A real leader’s performance from Spiranovic despite the three goals. Seemed to be at the heart of the team’s best defensive work and was always polished when in possession. Rating 7

17 – McKAY – Enjoyed a tremendous first half and showed great energy as he replaced Mark Milligan. Wasn’t quite as present in the second 45 minutes but still ran his socks off. Probably deserves to keep his spot against Spain. Rating 7

15 – JEDINAK(C) – Bolder showing from the captain than his effort against Chile, making his mark in a strong battle with Wesley Sneijder. Converted the spot kick but will be disappointed he wasn’t better placed for the third Dutch goal. Rating 7

7 – LECKIE – A second top performance from Leckie but he gets extra marks this time for his frenzied work rate and better end product. Had he scored, it could have been the game of his life. Having a great World Cup. Rating 7.5

11 – OAR – One of the many who offered a far better display here than against Chile. He was at his best early and repeatedly weaved nicely between the full-backs and centre-backs. Ran out of gas and had to come off in the second half. Rating 7

23 – BRESCIANO – Given 50 minutes to poke holes in the Netherlands’ midfield, he prodded away smartly. Really should have converted a golden first-half chance, however, instead of blasting over. Rating: 6.

4 – CAHILL – Picked up a yellow card which rules him out of the Spain game but another outstanding display from Cahill, who scored the goal of the tournament so far and was dynamic and energetic until his substitution. Rating: 8

Substitutes:

Oliver Bozanic – Played most of the second half and gave a great account of himself with his pace and touch. Effectively won the penalty that put Australia ahead.

Ben Halloran – Replaced Cahill and battled away without reward on the right. A great experience for him.

Adam Taggart – Given a quick chance to have an impact but couldn’t find an opening.

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