Coach Bert van Marwijk of Australia was Saturday, despite the oefenzege of his squad to Hungary (1-2) not happy with the showing of the game. According to the 66-year-old Van Marwijk had his players tired.
“We have the last weeks been working really hard,” said Van Marwijk opposite the Sydney Morning Herald. “In the last days we have it a little quieter, but against Hungary, I noticed after a half an hour earlier that we were very tired. Then you should simple to play, but we didn’t.”
The winning goal for Australia fell only in stoppage time and was, nota bene a own goal from the Hungarian defender Tamas Kadar.
“We tried to make in certain situations to something soon to force the issue, and that is not good, but that was because my team was tired. Anyway, I’m happy that we three weeks, as well as hard training and no injuries have had. That’s positive, because now they can every day more rest packs and stronger towards the world cup.”
The ‘Socceroos’ were in the second half to lead come by a touch shot distance of Daniel Arzani, but in the 88th minute it was 1-1 through an own goal from former PEC Zwolle defender Trent Sainsburgy.
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Van Marwijk was particularly not to speak about the start of his team against the Hungarians. “Our first half was in many ways bad, we should learn from this. It starts with the fit of the ball with the correct speed. We have a lot of experience, but that we did not well. Also we ran too much with the ball.”
According to the former coach of Feyenoord and made his team a few tactical wrong decisions in the field. “It was a match in which a lot of patience was needed. Patience if the opponent has the ball, but also if we are in possession of the ball. We played sometimes the long ball, as we are not under pressure. That was unnecessary,” said Van Marwijk.
The oefenzege on Hungary for Van Marwijk his second consecutive victory with Australia. More than a week ago, it was the Czech republic with 4-0 records. The ‘Socceroos’ will travel next week to Russia for the world cup.
Australia is classified in group C along with France, Peru and Denmark. The Australians take it on June 16, first against France and play then against Denmark (21 June) and Peru (26 June).
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