Skipper Mark Milligan is confident the Socceroos will bounce back quickly from Sunday night’s 1-0 loss to Jordan in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ opener in Al Ain.
In a match Australia dominated for long periods, a first-half header from Jordan’s Anas Bani Yaseen proved the difference at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.
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While disappointed with the result, Milligan feels it will be easy to lift the team for Friday’s second Group B match against Palestine.
“We have a great bunch of boys,” the Socceroos captain told Fox Sports.
“This will hurt everyone, it’s hurting me at the minute and I know everyone feels the same.
“But we’ll let [the result] settle, we’ll let Arnie [coach Graham Arnold] have his say and we’ll get to work as players to focus and get ready for the next game.”
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The Socceroos, who had West Australians Trent Sainsbury and Josh Risdon in their starting XI, can certainly take heart from their second-half display, where they carved out a host of excellent opportunities.
Winger Awer Mabil went the closest to finding an equaliser with a rasping drive which hit the post, while Chris Ikonomidis, Tom Rogic and Jackson Irvine were all unlucky not to find the net.
How things stand after the first matchday.
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