Socceroos outplayed Chile but exit Russian Federation

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James Troisi scored his first Australia goal for over two years to give the Socceroos - who needed a two-goal victory to move above their opponents in Group B - a surprise half-time lead.

Sydney-born Cahill did not make his debut until the age of 24 and required a Federation Internationale de Football Association ruling in order to represent Australia, having played at youth level for Samoa, the country of his mother. "Chile is one of the best teams in the world, so it was great to have an opportunity to play against the best and stand level with them".

Although a fan of Chile, Cahill was surprised at their willingness to play the long ball.

Such a scoreline would have seen the Socceroos into the last four of the competition against European champions Portugal, but they fell short and ended with just two points. "We will take a lot of confidence out of this into our next two qualifiers - Japan in Japan [and Thailand at home] - and we will finish this World Cup campaign strongly".

"We always want to win back the ball and this needs a lot of effort and sacrifice", he added. The Socceroos were taking the game to world number four ranked Chile, with considerable success. Australia's players, meanwhile, said they have benefited greatly from their Confederations Cup experience.

So proud of everyone.

"For us as I said, this game was preparation for what we're going to face", he said. Try as they might Australia was unable to find a victor, let alone the two goals they needed to keep their competition hopes alive.

"We pressed together. We kept the ball together". He wants to be them. We'll learn, evolve and go again.

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"And then we went to the Asian Cup and he said, 'No it doesn't stop there, why can't this be your best Asian Cup?'"

"I'm not going to coach in between, just notch up a stint for my country as a coach flatlining".

"I am lucky to have a manager that believes in me". Nearly a minute later Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi called play to halt, and while the decision ultimately came back in Australia's favour, the frustration among the Socceroos during the delay was palpable. People will call us insane but we kept the ball really well. "It only comes with intensity and a strong mentality to keep that level high".

"He's definitely someone I look up to and others do as well", Mooy said.

"The players will get massive belief out of that. He's in great shape, he loves to compete, it's a big part of his game".

Aaron Mooy is starting his rise to the top of worldwide football after being signed by Manchester City in 2016 and subsequently loaned to Huddersfield Town, helping them reach the top flight of English football before turning his loan move permanent.

"This moment takes me back with the boss when we sat down in a hotel with Mark Bresciano, Mile Jedinak and a few of the other older players and you're nervous because you don't know what's next".

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