Defender Matt Spiranovic says he is disappointed to be suspended for Australia’s quarter-final showdown with China but is confident the Socceroos can get the job done without him.
Spiranovic will miss the match with China in Brisbane after picking up his second yellow card.
The centre back was carded in the 78th minute after a tussle tracking back in Australia’s half.
“From a personal point of view it was disappointing, but that’s football,” Spiranovic said.
“I’m sure the team will do the job in the next game and get us into the semi. Hopefully I can play a part after that.”
The Socceroos dominated possession and chances but could not break down South Korea’s defence to seal top spot in Group A.
“Obviously it’s a disappointing result,” Spiranovic said.
“I thought over the course of the game we created a number of good chances and we managed to limit them to hardly any so in that sense it was disappointing that we didn’t punish them.
“On another day we could have had two or three goals, but a lot of positives going forward.”
Spiranovic praised South Korea’s keeper Kim Jin-hyeon, who kept Australia at bay for the 90 minutes.
“Their goalkeeper had a great game,” the Western Sydney Wanderers man said.
“In the past two games we’ve managed to finish them off and tonight we could have come away from two or three goals again.
“It just wasn’t to be but we’ll keep our heads up and we’ll recover well and go into the next game very confident.”
Alex Wilkinson will come into the Socceroos’ starting XI for the quarter-final with China.comments