Australia deserve to be in last 16, says Sokko

Australia deserve to be in last 16, says Sokko

24 Jun 2018, 18:50

Josip Sokko believes that Australia has shown they deserve to be in the last -16.

A 1-1 draw against Denmark and 2-1  a loss to France means that Australia needs a win against Peru in the last Group C to secure the slot in the knockout phase.

Sokko made 51 caps for the Socceroos in his career said the performance against Denmark was proof that they deserve a place in the knockout phase. 

"They did really well. They set up tactically very well, they were quite close to each other, tight, didn't give the Danes too many chances. And just when I thought they weren't going to take it to the Danes, they did, and maybe the goal helped in that," Sokko told Omnisport.

Do not sit back

"I don't really like when the Aussies sit back too much and just play tactically, I like them to come out and really have a crack and they did that when they needed to. They came out, they attacked and they created a lot of chances, which full credit to them, they really should've got the result, should've got the three points,"  he added. 

"They outplayed them in the end and deserved more. I really like the fact that they looked confident, it wasn't a nervous performance, it was a solid, controlled performance and one that says Australia is on the stage should be there and it's a proper, proper contender to get through to the next round," he explained.

Sokko has urged his compatriots to focus on their last match where he hopes they can pull a win.

"Certainly I thought in the first game they deserved more. Things went against us. One point from these two games, we've sort of felt you've won two games and you're only on one point so it's a little bit disappointing with the points. But with still one game to go, you've still got something ahead of you and hopefully, things can really go our way in the last game and we can get a win." he concluded.

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