‘Australia will be brave’

Australia Coach Ange Postecoglou has vowed his side will be brave against Spain when they meet in the World Cup today.

It’s the final game of the tournament for both teams as they meet to decide who finishes third and fourth behind Chile and the Netherlands, who are both guaranteed of a place in the next round.

“Nobody thought Spain wouldn’t be one of the favourites for the World Cup,” AS reports Postecoglou as saying when asked about La Roja’s travails.

“But it has been a really tough group.

“They could have [beaten Holland] and that would have changed not only the game but also the World Cup. That’s the World Cup.

“Let’s face it, we’re against the best in the world and we have a lot of respect for them. We expect Spain to play well and it will be complicated.

“We knew we were against three football powers in this group.

“We want to dominate games and close every space that we leave Spain. They dominate possession but we aren’t your typical slouch team to sit with arms crossed.

“We are and will continue to be brave. What we do with the ball is as important as what we do without it. We will attack.”

It was put to Postecoglou that the game is meaningless, with both sides already out. Not so, he argued, for a country of Australia’s standing in world football.

“We have only won two games at four World Cups. If we win it would be a step on the path and evolution to what we aspire to be,” he added.

“It’s not a meaningless game. Quite the opposite. I will pick a team that allows us to win.

“We hope to be in the next World Cup and there will be changes.”

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