It’s now or never for Socceroos veteran Mark Bresciano
AUSTRALIAN veteran Mark Bresciano's time in a Socceroos jersey is running out and he knows he and the latest group of Socceroos have to deliver against the Netherlands in Porto Alegrea tomorrow morning.
Bresciano, 34, is in his third World Cup campaign and knows this has to be the moment for the Australians to announce themselves on the world stage with a positive result against the Dutch.
"This next game is our last chance to make an impact in this group, we know how important it is," Bresciano said. "We are here to try and make history.
"We want to make a statement in this World Cup."
The Socceroos will not be given the chance to make a statement against an in-form Dutch side if it defends as it did against Chile in an opening 3-1 defeat in Group B.
Bresciano realises that and he said the team was clear on what it had to do to stop the likes of Arejen Robben and Robin van Persie.
"We have all experienced what the World Cup is all about now and we will be ready from the first minute," he said. "The confidence is building with every training session and we are all very positive."
Tactically, the Dutch are likely to set up with less men pushing forward like the Chileans, who left plenty of space in behind.
Bresciano said the Socceroos had to exploit those spaces if they were to upset the Netherlands.
"We have to be ready to take any chance we get and stay solid as a team," he said.
"If we give Tim Cahill the right service we know how dangerous he can be in the air."
Van Persie said the Dutch would not rest on their laurels despite the 5-1 success over Spain.
"Those were only the first three points," he told FIFA.com.
"Now the focus is on Australia and I think that will be completely different to the game against Spain.
"Australia have a very different style and I think we are going to have to adjust our own game to beat them.
"It's an interesting process, having to adjust your game every time. However, we have a fantastic technical staff who know exactly how to prepare us for matches, so I'm not worried."
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AT A GLANCEMATCH TIMES
Australia v Netherlands
in Porto Alegre, 2am.
Spain v Chile
in Rio de Janeiro, 5am.
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in Manaus, 8am.
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Nigeria 0 in Curitiba.
USA 2 (Dempsey 1, Brooks
86) def Ghana 1 (A Ayew
82) in Natal.
Germany 4 (Muller 12,
45, 78, Hummels 32) def Portugal 0 in Salvador.