Poor Run Cost Us Against Nigeria, Says Australia Coach, Vidmar
Australia U-17 coach, Tony Vidmar said poor first half show was responsible for the 6-0 bashing against the Golden Eaglets at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The Joeys conceded two goals within the space of three minutes while spurning a golden opportunity of their own, before going into the sheds at half time with 2-0 down.
Vidmar said his side failed to play on top of their game in the game against holders, Nigeria.
“The disappointing thing is that we didn’t play our game in the first half,” Vidmar said. When we didn’t have the ball, our pressing was not good enough and that’s allowed Nigeria to have so much more space. Our lines became so much bigger, and that’s what Nigeria thrived on.
“When we had the ball, we turned it over too easily. We said that if we had the ball for too long, they’d run over us because they were much faster than us.” The Joeys started the second half with a two goal deficit, but they began to play a style similar to what was seen against Mexico and Argentina in the group stage.
FIFA U-17 technical director Peter de Roo said the Joeys did not deserve to lose by six goals, given the improved performance in the second half. “The scoreline was not indicative of the performance,” de Roo said. “We pressed well, didn’t let them out of their half and were more composed on the ball.
“The only thing we didn’t do at that stage was score a goal. On their first break, they scored, and then we lost that momentum.”
Also, the second half was more fruitful for the Aussies, but they struggled to break down a Nigerian defence that was sitting deep with their two-goal lead.
The counter-attack approach happened to be the Joeys’ undoing in the game. A hopeful, deep cross caught the Aussies defence unawares, and it was Osimhen again on hand to bag his brace hat-trick in the game. Edidong Essien and Samuel Chukwueze added goals five and six respectively.