Thursday, January 29, 2009

Socceroos draw 0-0 with Indonesia

The second-string Socceroos, made up entirely of A-League players, drew 0-0 with Indonesia in Jakarta in their Asian Cup qualifying match today [Wednesday].

It was Australia's fifth clean sheet in a row and Indonesia's fifth game in which they have failed to score.

Australia, ranked 29th by FIFA, was disappointing against an Indonesia team ranked 144th in the world.

It is quite clear that the A-Leaguers are not up to it, even against such modest opponents.

The visitors had the better of possession but rarely tested the Indonesia defence, while Australia's goalkeeper was never really under any pressure.

A point is better than none and that is about all that Australia can be pleased with in regard to this game.

It was Indonesia's second 0-0 draw in the qualifying group and they are on top of a group in which a goal has yet to be scored after two games.

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