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RAPIDHAMMER: Lucas Neill & Socceroos lose 0-1

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Lucas Neill & Socceroos lose 0-1

Australia skippered by West Ham and national team captain Lucas Neill lost an entertaining friendly against Argentina last night at Melbourne Cricket Ground 1-0 due to a 2nd half goal by Demichelis (49, assist: Messi, free-kick).
Lucas Neill (who can be seen on the left hovering above the Argentine team before kick- off) said it was disappointing to lose the game 0-1 to a set-piece, but thought the Socceroos matched it with the world's No.2 ranked team throughout.
"I thought for long periods of the game we were content," Neill said acccording to Fox Sports. "They didn't cause too many problems considering how many great players they've got and there at times we could have possible scored as well."
The Socceroos had some strong periods in attack in the first half and were desperately unlucky not to score in the 25th minute when a powerful Mark Bresciano free kick was somehow deflected by Argentine keeper Roberto Abbondanzieri, despite the keeper having little idea where the ball was.
Bresciano's thundering shot hit the base of the crossbar, rebounded onto the keeper's head, hit the crossbar again, then bounced off the keeper's back without going into the net.
"I've seen something in football tonight I've never seen in 30-odd years - it's incredible," Socceroos' interim coach Graham Arnold said.
Argentine coach Alfio Basile praised Australia's performance and said they deserved to be ranked well above their 49th position.
"Especially after the World Cup, the fact that they performed so well," Basile said. "A 1-0 result to Argentina showed just that little bit extra that Argentina has."

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