Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to South Korea in Brisbane.
The result means the Socceroos finish second in Group A and will face China in Brisbane on Thursday in the quarter-finals.
Australia dominated possession and had their chances to win the game, after Lee Jung-Hyub’s 32nd minute strike.
“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get the result that we needed,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports.
“We conceded a really poor goal where we switched off momentarily.
“After that we created enough chances to win the game.
“We just lacked that cutting edge up front.
“The keeper made a couple of wonderful saves and unfortunately for us we didn’t get the result.”
Tim Cahill, who came on as a second-half substitute, agreed that Australia created enough opportunities to win the game.
“It was a good test,” Cahill said. “I still feel we should’ve scored a few goals tonight.
“Overall they took their chance, we didn’t.
“It was unfortunate in the end. A draw would’ve been a good result for us.”
Despite their failure to find the back of the net, Postecoglou remained bullish about the side’s attacking stocks.
“We scored eight goals in the first two games. We had very good opportunities, even in the first half,” he said.
“The keeper made some good saves. They were very desperate in their defending and credit to them.
“From our perspective, when we create that many chances, hopefully the next game we’ll put them away.”
Postecoglou also said Mile Jedinak was a certainty to return after injury and that Alex Wilkinson would replace suspended defender Matt Spiranovic for the China game after he picked up his second yellow card of the tournament.