EVERY one of the Socceroos’ three World Cup opponents were in action as the international break provided a valuable chance for teams to continue their preparation for Russia.
France suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Colombia, who incidentally take on the Aussies themselves on Tuesday, as manager Didier Deschamps labelled his own players ‘cocky.’
While Peru registered an impressive 2-0 victory over a Croatia side boasting stars such as Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic.
A day earlier, Denmark scraped past a 10-man Panama side in Brondby, with Pione Sisto’s 69th minute strike separating the two sides afer 90 minutes.
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Despite getting out to an early 2-0 lead care of goals to Olivier Giroud and Thomas Lemar, France slumped to a shock 3-2 loss against Colombia on Saturday morning AEDT.
The defeat, their first since June, angered manager Deschamps – causing him to label his own players ‘cocky.’
“We had a lot of trouble. They put in more aggression, and we did not do so at all,” Deschamps told TMC.
“We had losses of the ball that put them back on track. This Colombian team has given us a lesson in aggression. They don’t let go.
“We showed a level of cockiness at times. It doesn’t please me, especially what I saw in the second half. We’ll take some time to analyse it.
“We haven’t met the demands of the highest level. We have no excuses. It’s a game we’ve lost at home, which is never fun.”
Luis Muriel pulled one back for the Colombians in the first half before skipper Radamel Falcao and a penalty from Juan Quintero completed a come from behind victory for the South American side.
France take on World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday in their next outing, while the Colombians meet the Socceroos.
Peru defeated Croatia 2-0 in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium to claim their first win over a European nation in almost two decades.
Their last victory over a European opponent came in a 1999 victory over Slovakia.
An early goal for Andrew Carrillo put the South Americans on their way, with Edison Flores sealing the win after halftime.
Croatia weren’t able to find a reply despite a red card to Yoshimar Yotun in the 74th minute.
After the game, Peru manager Ricardo Gareca praised his men, although indicated that they’ve still got a lot of room for improvement.
“We have to continue correcting and improving, I’m happy with the performance of the boys,” Gareca said.
However the manager insisted that his team needed work in two areas – “the possession of the ball and high pressure.”
“It is important the level of conviction that we have at the team level … We have passed and we will have difficult times, but the collective is important,” said the Argentine strategist. “I trust in the ability of my players to solve the situations that the game poses.” he added.
Denmark defeated a dogged Panama on Friday (AEDT), with a 1-0 scoreline that belied their domination in Brondby.
Pione Sisto scored the only goal of the game for the Danes ahead after veteran Panamanian forward Blas Perez was dismissed for a high challenge on goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
“You play a friendly, especially between two teams that will play in the World Cup, and you take it a little bit more easy,” said Denmark coach Age Hareide.
“But I think that’s their [Panama’s] style.”
In an intense clash, the Danes – headlined by Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen – came out on top, netting their lone goal just minutes after Perez’s dismissal.
Denmark will play Chile on Wednesday morning (AEDT).