The Socceroo squad that is playing host to Brazil in Brazil’s quarter-final against Colombia will be looking to build on the form that earned them a place in the World Cup final in Brazil last summer.
The Socceroos will face the hosts in a World Cup quarter-round fixture at the Estadio Nacional on Tuesday night, with a 1-0 win over Peru in their last World Cup qualifier in September the only result in the tie.
The draw was made after the Socceroos lost a 3-2 away draw to Ecuador last month, but it could be another game in the last two weeks.
In the previous meeting, Australia’s win over Paraguay saw them advance to the quarter final after defeating Colombia 2-1 in Perth last August.
But that was followed by a loss to Costa Rica in the round of 16, before the Socceroo side was eliminated in the group stage by Argentina.
In an effort to get a run in the tournament, the Socceros have been working on a training ground and now are looking to get the best out of their players ahead of their quarter-seeded clash against Brazil.
The game is likely to be played in a very tight group and the Socceroon squad has been in close contact with coach Ange Postecoglou ahead of the match.
“The plan is to play the game on the pitch, and to get some rest,” Postecohgou said on Thursday.
“It is important for the squad to recover from the training ground.
The squad will come together as a unit to get on the field and play.”
The Socceroo XI has been working hard in training ahead of its game against Brazil, with captain Tom Rogic and winger Jake Lever being the two most notable names.
“I think it’s important for us to be in shape,” Rogic said.
“We have had some training and I think we are really looking forward to the game.”
“It’s important to get fit and get in shape so that we can start preparing for the World Club Cup,” he added.
Lever said he was pleased with the squad’s fitness.
“Obviously we need to get in the game,” Lever said.
“We have to do our bit, get in our game and try and help the team win the game.”
Hopefully we can get the two goals we need for the win.
“To get the result against Brazil is something that we’ve been looking for and we’re happy with the results so far.”
The group also features five internationals who have not been involved in the FIFA Club World Cup but who are in the Soccero squad: James Troisi, Daniel de Silva, Kosta Barbarouses, Marcelo Sarvas, Kekuta Manneh and Sami Khedira.
The match will be streamed live on the Soccerone YouTube channel, and will be available to view on the official Socceroos website.
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