Socceroos midfielder Tommy Oar says Australia wants to send a message to the rest of the tournament by defeating South Korea in its next game.
The Socceroos are top of Group A after two matches, on equal points with the South Koreans, but ahead on goal difference. The winners of Group A face the runners up of Group B in Melbourne in the quarter-finals.
“Particularly the way Ange likes to play football, it’s very attacking, very energetic and putting the opposition under a lot of pressure and that won’t change coming into the last game,” Oar said.
“We really want to send a message and we really want to top the group.”
Oar came on for Matthew Leckie in the 77th minute against Oman. The winger missed the first game of the Asian Cup against Kuwait.
“It was an important game for us tonight,” Oar said.
“And if you go on and you’re 4-0 up it’s always a bit easier than if you start from the beginning. I think everyone in the team is really happy how the team went.
“I think we had a lot of energy. We put them under a lot of energy and had a lot of movement up front. I think Robbie played one of his best games I’ve seen, he was fantastic. Massimo Luongo played well again and it was good they could back up and put in two good performances.
“But we can’t dwell on this performance or rest on our laurels at all. We have to do the same thing we did in the last game and looks towards Korea in a few days time.
“I haven’t been to Suncorp Stadium since my first Socceroos game, so it’ll be interesting to see that. I’m looking forward to it.”
Oar was lively in his 13 minute cameo in Sydney and almost scored Australia’s fifth goal when his shot went just over the bar in the dieing stages of the game.
“I was a little bit disappointed I didn’t keep it down, that can happen I guess,” admitted.
“Next time I’ll make sure I hit the target.”
Socceroo right back Ivan Franjic is expecting South Korea to be a difficult opponent.
“I saw a bit of their first game, not too much, but it will be a tough opponent,” he said.
“We all know Korea, they’ve always been a tough test for us but we’ll be ready and fit. It was definitely good to get that second game under my belt. I had a good preparation before the tournament and I’m feeling fitter and fitter with every game.”comments