A Yeasty Walk of Shame

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It was widely expected that Australia would struggle against the likes of Chile, Netherlands and Spain and with two games down in the World Cup, the Aussies may not have claimed a point but have pushed two of the world’s best sides to the limit.

As a result of Australia’s effort against Holland, The Football Sack editor and serial Australia slagger-offerer Matt Marsden was made to take the Twitter equivalent of a walk of shame after a wager went wrong.

After writing that the Aussies would flounder against three top teams after the World Cup draw, a narrow 3-2 loss to the Netherlands qualified Matt for a touch of rose-in-every-cheek embarrassment.

If Australia manages a point, scores 2+ or Holland scores under 3, I will give myself a Vegemite face mask. Hold me to it. #AUSNED
— Mattéo Marsdiano (@MattKMarsden) June 18, 2014

Although the Socceroos fell short of a point despite leading 2-1 in the second half and Holland scored three goals, the two Australian goals meant that this ‘Strayan naysayer would have to eat his words.

Bet that the Aussies wouldn’t score 2 goals. They did. And now I have a Vegemite face mask. #datlookofconcern #straya pic.twitter.com/VSTRdVvilk
— Mattéo Marsdiano (@MattKMarsden) June 19, 2014

That yeasty face represents more than just a lost wager as the Australians have proved that the future of football in Australia is very bright.

Granted, we game up short against both Chile and Netherlands but it’s clear to see that Ange Postecoglou is preparing this side for the future. There is proof that Ange football – playing out from the back, cutting off passing options and pressing hard against defenders – not only works against A-League teams but a side that possesses such quality like Holland.

Despite our early exit from the competition, Postecoglou can only be wrapped with the signs shown ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup during which Australia will meet South Korea, Oman and Kuwait in its group.

But the World Cup is far from over with a game against the recently-dethroned champions Spain sitting on the horizon. Having already been eliminated, Spain is playing for pride alone and that is sure to not sit well with them.

Despite Tim Cahill missing the final game due to picking up his second yellow card of the tournament, Australia’s attacking moves against Holland were impressive but the defence left a lot to be desired. Given that Spain hasn’t even remotely looked threatening going forward, it may not even matter.

Ange and the boys will be playing to win against 2010’s World Cup winners and on current form are a huge chance to take all three points.

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