Socceroos lose to in form Germany

GERMANY made the Socceroos look second rate in their World Cup opener in South Africa early yesterday morning, but all is not lost.

The Socceroos were always expected to lose against the powerhouse Germans. It is now a matter of coach Pim Verbeek restoring confidence in his team.

But Northern Star soccer correspondent Mark Robinson and Goonellabah Hornets coach Mark Ambler are confident the side can bounce back and make it through the group stage and into the final 16.

They say it is all about heart.

“There is a lot of spirit in that team,” Robinson said.

“So I will back them to bounce back. It is a test of Pim to see if he can get them back up mentally after the loss.”

Although Ambler, whose Hornets set the pace in Far North Coast Premier Division, has ‘never seen an Australian team play so poorly as individuals', he too thinks the current predicament will bring out the best in the Australians.

“Not much more can go wrong after what we saw against the Germans,” he said.

“Knowing that the next game is basically our World Cup final, they will perform.”

Coach Verbeek surprised many by relegating Mark Bresciano, Harry Kewell and Josh Kennedy to the bench for the opener, but our experts don't think their inclusion would have turned the result.

“We were hit by a finely-tuned Mercedes,” Robinson said.

And what were we?

“Just a poor, hapless victim trying to make our way over the pedestrian crossing.”



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