The Socceroos are upbeat about their chances of beating Spain in their final World Cup match in Curitiba on Tuesday morning.
Both teams have lost their two previous games, but while the Socceroos have put in two strong showings, the Spanish have been disappointing.
The number one team and defending World Champions were thrashed 5-2 by the Netherlands and 2-0 by Chile.
The Socceroos have played well in their losses to the same teams and midfielder, Mathew Leckie, says the side wants to leave the World Cup with a win, despite the pedigree of the opposition.
“I think there’s definitely still something to play for. I think Ange (Postecoglou, the Socceroos’ coach) made a good point, saying that for the World Cups that we’ve been involved in, the national team’s only won two (games).
“So if we can win a game and beat the team, Spain, that won the World Cup last, you know I think that’s a massive achievement for the country and definitely for us individuals to walk away and say we’ve done it,” he said.
The Socceroos trained for the final time at their Brazilian home base of Vitoria, but there were two notable omissions.
The two injured veterans, Mark Bresciano and Mark Milligan, were restricted to light jogging while their team-mates trained briefly but at high intensity.
Mark Bresciano injured a hip flexor in the Socceroos three-two loss to the Netherlands, while Mark Milligan has been rehabilitating a hamstring injury he picked up in the three-one loss to Chile.
Team management has not ruled either player out yet – a final decision will be made tomorrow.
If Bresciano does miss out it would almost certainly end the 34 year-old’s World Cup Career, which has spanned three tournaments in Germany, South Africa and now Brazil.
Another veteran Tim Cahill, will miss the Spain game due to suspension.
Matthew Leckie intimated Bresciano would not play, saying it was a pity he and Cahill would miss out on a farewell World Cup match.
“Yeah it would’ve been nice. You know they’re both great players. They’ve served the country very well over the time they’ve been a part of it. And you know I think they’ve been massive parts of this team as well over these two games.
“I’m sure, you know it’s bitter disappointing (sic) that they can’t be a part of it, but you know it’s not about individuals, it’s about the team,” he said.
The Socceroos have flown to Curitiba and will play Spain in the early hours of Tuesday morning.