There is a light at the end of the tunnel for Australia after last night’s final-minute loss to Ecuador.
When the Socceroos led 3-0 by half time it seemed Australia had the game in the bag. It was, briefly, like a sign of hope in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Ecuador stormed back in the second half with a goal from young midfielder, Fidel Martinez, at the 57th minute. Another goal and a penalty tied things up.
A last-minute rush by Ecuador midfielder Edison Mendez sealed the Roos’ fate; the game ended on 4-3. The loss struck a familiar chord for the Australian fans.
Alone among the Roos, Tim Cahill could put up an argument saying he came out from the loss unscathed. The 34-year-old’s two goals put him ahead of Damien Mori to become Australia’s leading goal scorer.
The Socceroos’ next international friendly will be played on home soil against South Africa on May 26. – Noah La’ulu
Top photo of Tim Cahill from L’s Flickr photostream.