Goalkeeper Mat Ryan says the Socceroos are “a little bit gutted” after going down by a goal to South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Australia finished second in Group A in the Asian Cup, and will face China in the quarter-finals, after failing to secure a result against South Korea.
“We’re a little but gutted, a bit down we didn’t get more of the game, but that’s football,” Ryan said after the 1-0 defeat.
“They only created two chances but we switched off again from a stoppage in play with the throw in, they got in behind us, and then the only chance they had at the end we had pushed forward.
“Defensively I thought we were pretty sound, we just didn’t have the composure in front of goal tonight.”
The match in Brisbane was played in 32-degree heat despite the 7pm kick-off time.
The Socceroo custodian said the team will learn from the defeat.
“I might not run as many metres as they do but I’m always talking, yapping, just doing anything,” Ryan said.
“It saps it out of you. After the first half I actually felt worse. After the second half I was tired but I kept going. I felt in a good mental state but it wasn’t meant to be tonight.
“We’ll learn from it and move on.”
Ryan doesn’t believe the Socceroos have much to worry about ahead of their crunch quarter-final against China.
“In all three games now we’ve been creating many chances,” he said.
“We probably could have scored more in the other games. Tonight we just have to credit them.
“The scrambling they did, a couple of world class saves from their keeper and it wasn’t meant to be.”comments