With Australia’s maiden clash against Costa Rica just over a week away, Socceroos around the globe had one last chance to get match hardened for the occasion.
With Australia-s maiden clash against Costa Rica just over a week away, Socceroos around the globe had one last chance to get match hardened before taking on the world No.31 ranked side. Following their weekend fixtures and the ensuing international break our boys will now descend on Sydney for coach Ange Postecoglou-s first camp in charge of the national team. Here-s how some of our Aussies Abroad faired in outings for their clubs over the weekend.
Following the announcement of his international retirement, Mark Schwarzer was again on the bench for Chelsea as they salvaged a controversial late point against West Brom. A couple of uncharacteristic mistakes from first-choice keeper Petr Cech, which led to Baggies goals may yet see our most capped Socceroo get more game time in the coming weeks.
One Socceroo who has been consistently flying the flag in the English Premier League, Mile Jedinak, played another full game for Crystal Palace. The Eagles picked up a valuable point at home with a 0-0 result against Everton.
Rhys Williams celebrated his return to the Socceroos fold by setting up a goal in Middlesbrough-s 2-2 draw with Watford. The defender provided a neat backheel to lay on the opener at the Riverside, as his side stay 16th in the league.
Super-sub Robbie Kruse again took the field late on as Bayer Leverkusen took the points in an entertaining 5-3 home win. The win keeps Kruse-s side third in the German Bundesliga and will ensure one of our most potent attacking players is fresh to face the Costa Ricans.
Another one of our fleet-footed wingers Tommy Oar played the full 90 minutes in the Dutch league, while one of our recent Socceroo debutants Jackson Irvine was sent off in Kilmarnock-s 3-1 loss in Scotland.
Tom Rogic had more luck in the Scottish league, making a late substitute appearance for Celtic as they stayed top, while James Holland was forced to miss Austria Wien-s home win through suspension.
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Upcoming Match Details
Socceroos vs Costa Rica Tuesday 19 November 2013 Allianz Stadium, Sydney Kick Off: 7.30pm Gates Open: 6.00pm
The match will be broadcast live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.
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