'We'll grab any chance we can'

The Socceroos have vowed to grab any chance they can against Spain to ensure they don't leave Brazil empty-handed.

Australia have impressed the world with their performances so far but have nothing to show for all the praise that's been showered on them.

The game against Spain - still current World Champions for a few more weeks, despite being eliminated with Australia from their Group of Death - is the Socceroos' last chance to shine.

Injury problems continue to plague the side - already ravaged by withdrawals before they even reached Brazil - with Mark Milligan and Mark Bresciano looking unlikely to be fit in time.

Tim Cahill is also suspended for the vital clash after picking up two yellow in the opening matches against Chile and the Netherlands.

But the latest blows have still not dented the confidence of the Socceroos.

"From a team perspective, taking our chances is the most important thing," said Ben Halloran today - bidding for a starting slot in the side to face Spain.

"These are the kind of games you want to make a mark and really make a statement. It's important - you can't judge players or a team based on one game but this is the world stage.

"From a team perspective, we want to get a result against Spain because we feel our performances don't merit three losses. If I can be part of that I'd be pretty happy.

"We need to be really professional and finish this campaign on a high. It's a World Cup match against former champions so if anyone's taking them lightly they need to take a look at themselves.

"I don't think we want to look at them based on their last two games. They are still obviously a side with world class players so you don't want to underestimate them.

"Since we arrived in the camp, we've tried to focus on ourselves, not focusing on opposition, which has stood us in good stead. We've done quite well - we're happy with the performances, maybe not the results."

Hallloran now hopes to get more playing time for himself to allow him time to shine.

He added: "Personally I'm happy I've played two games but I'd probably like to make more impact so if I get the chance against Spain I hope to...

"Ange since the outset has kept his cards plenty close to his chest so I have absolutely no idea if I'll be part of the starting line up or get a chance off the bench.

"Coming off the bench is good but it's a completely  different ball game from starting from the beginning I feel. It's easier to get your rhythm when you play a 90-minute game so if I can get that chance, I'll try to take it with both hands.

"Both games have been quite difficult circumstances [when I've come on] - we've been losing and it's been quite difficult to get into the rhythm of the game within that 20 minutes.

"But that's what you have to do when you're a substitute so you can't really make any excuses."