Heat no problem for Socceroos against China says Aziz Behich
SOCCEROOS defender Aziz Behich believes his teammates will have no trouble backing up from Saturday night's energy-sapping 1-0 loss to Korea for tomorrow night's Asian Cup quarter-final against China at Suncorp Stadium.
Both teams looked physically drained after a match played in sweltering conditions.
The Australian team has only been given a short window to prepare for another high-octane match, but in some consolation for the players rain is forecast for tomorrow night.
China is ranked four places above Australia (96th in the world) and it has looked impressive this tournament, beating Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and North Korea.
The wins over Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan were both at Suncorp Stadium, where the team has enjoyed great support, and Team Dragon will also be used to the Brisbane heat and a bumpy pitch.
"They (China) are going to be a tough side like any other team in this tournament," Behich told APN.
"(But) we've got great medical staff and the boys are very professional in the way we go about our recovery.
"There's no doubt we'll be up for it."
This fixture looms as one of the biggest on Australian shores since the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in 2005.
The Socceroos missed their chance to take on the lower-ranked Uzbekistan in the loss to Korea.
The Brisbane heat and a bumpy Suncorp Stadium pitch will be big factors in this game, but Behich believes his teammates will be better for Saturday night's loss against the Koreans.
And another expected sell-out crowd should offset any heat or pitch dramas, according to Behich.
"It was difficult conditions (against Korea), but it was the same for both teams," he said.
"It (the surface) wasn't the best, but we still have to make do with what we have.
"The crowd was awesome and hopefully it can get behind us again and get us over the line."
The Australians created a stack of chances against Korea - particularly in the second half when stars Tim Cahill and Robbie Kruse came on.
"We kept the ball moving well," Behich said.
"It just wasn't meant to be with the ball hitting the back of the net.
"Hopefully that can turn around for us."