Skipper Mile Jedinak was pleased he could put the Socceroos into the lead with his perfect set-piece goal but isn’t putting his hand up to take every Australian free-kick in the future.
Jedinak’s eighth Socceroos goal in 57 appearances – and Australia’s 1000th in A international games – was one to savour.
The special effort came just after half-time and beat a helpless Ron-Robert Zieler in the German goal, helping to secure a 2-2 draw with the 2014 World Cup holders.
“They just had the free kick beforehand,” Jedinak said.
“I saw it was in a similar position. I don’t know what it was, I just felt really comfortable. I felt something good here and when I hit he sort of parried it in, it was already sort of past the line. I’m delighted, just delighted that I can contribute like that.
“But for me it’s not about getting a goal, it’s about what we showed tonight and overall we should all keep our heads up because it was a great performance.”
Mark Bresciano has been a regular free-kick taker for the Socceroos in the past decade but Jedinak doesn’t believe he’ll take the veteran’s mantle now that he has retired from international football.
“I’ve got a long way to go for that,” he said.
“I’m very grateful to contribute. It was what it is. Every situation’s different. I think it’s my first free kick for Australia. It’s one of those where you feel comfortable and you just have that feeling.
“Players will tell you they just get that feeling. It’s a good distance, a good angle, why not? Back yourself 100%. It went in, over the wall and in. It was great that we had that lead for so long.”
The friendly with Germany was only Jedinak’s second game since the Asian Cup final on January 31 and the captain was impressed with his team’s performance
“We knew it was never going to be easy,” he said.
“But the boys were brave tonight. We gave them a torrid time at times. We had our game plan and we stuck to it. We can take a lot from this game.”