Melbourne Victory found themselves facing a similar problem to the Socceroos against a side who sat back diligently...
Kosta Barbarouses — 7.5
Chased every ball incessantly and never ran out of energy. Pounced on a mistimed challenge with impressive impetus, but his resultant shot was well blocked.
Had a strong showing and could not really be faulted beyond some poor touches where he appeared to overrun with the ball.
Ola Toivonen — 5
Contested well aerially but was rarely able to influence the match. A quiet and relatively uninspiring night where he could have taken control of proceedings.
Carl Valeri — 7
Victory began to show much more desire going forward as Valeri arrived on the pitch.
Kenny Athiu — 7
Had a positive impact off the bench, making his presence felt with his aerial ability, smart movement and intent passing.