PLAYER RATINGS: Australia restore pride against Serbia

Australia’s 2010 World Cup is over but at least the team was able to restore pride and go out on a high with a 2-1 win over Serbia.

Mark Schwarzer – 6 (Some great saves and smart goalkeeping but did allow Serbia to score with a late dropped ball in the area)

Lucas Neill – 6 (Good coverage at the back and led the team well)

Tim Cahill – 7 (As the match went on he looked more menacing in the air and got his reward with a fine headed goal)

Jason Culina – 7 (Covered Wilkshire’s position well when he pushed forward and did a fine job centrally)

Michael Beauchamp – 6 (Solid without being exceptional, distribution for a big man was outstanding)

Brett Emerton – 5 (Played his role with rigidity but did not create as much as usual)

Luke Wilkshire – 8 (Again providing plenty down the right and was the creator of Australia’s first goal with a sublime pass to Cahill)

Josh Kennedy – 5 (Did not have plenty of opportunities early but worked into the contest. Whilst work rate was up, shooting and general touch by foot was poor)

Carl Valeri – 6 (Starting to make the defensive midfield position his own as he continues to grow in stature)

David Carney – 5 (Was getting beaten early by Milos Krasic and although he did recover, was not at his best)

Mark Bresciano – 7 (Toiled hard early and showed plenty of goalscoring intent in the second half)

Brett Holman – 7 (Came on and scored a brilliant goal. His stocks have risen immeasurably this tournament)

Scott Chipperfield – 6 (Provided cover in defence and was dangerous going forward after coming on)

Richard Garcia – 4 (Had 8 minutes to provide something but couldn’t do so)

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