Massimo Luongo a force for Australia in goalless draw vs. Honduras
Australia will fancy their chances of booking a place at next year's World Cup finals after playing out a goalless draw in the first leg of their playoff clash in Honduras. Here's how the team stacked up in our player ratings.
GK Mathew Ryan, 7 -- Didn't have much to do but made a strong save late in the second half and always swept things up nicely at the back.
DF Matthew Jurman, 6 -- Solid performance that would have gone a long way to cementing his spot in the back three.
DF Trent Sainsbury, 7 -- The usual cool, calm and classy stuff from the country's best stopper. Saved a certain goal with a perfectly-timed early tackle.
DF Bailey Wright, 6 -- Made some strong interventions but was exposed for pace and in possession.
MF Josh Risdon, 6 -- Defensively sound, provided spark in attack too with a second-half cutback that should have been slammed home.
MF Mile Jedinak, 7 -- Like he never left -- heroic, unbeatable in the air, broke up plenty of Honduran attacks. But clearly ran out of petrol in the dying stages and occasionally coughed up the ball.
MF Massimo Luongo, 8 -- One of his best matches for the national team, showed a terrific work rate as the second midfield holder.
MF Aziz Behich, 7 -- Surely the argument is over. Australia's best wide left option and proved it going both ways.
FW Jackson Irvine, 6 -- Emptied his tank before coming off for Tom Rogic in the 74th minute. All-action.
FW Aaron Mooy, 7 -- A decent enough performance from the team's creative fulcrum but set-piece delivery was a touch sloppy.
FW Tomi Juric, 5 -- Blew the two best chances of the game when he could have made all the difference. Has to do better.
MF Tom Rogic, 6 -- Looked lively but struggled to adapt to the bobbly pitch.
DF Milos Degenek, NR -- Not enough time to make an impact.
FW Nikita Rukavytsya, NR -- Not enough time to make an impact.
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