Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Confederations Cup 2017: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou devastated at Russian exit

Confederations Cup 2017: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou devastated at Russian exit

That's who we want to be measured against.

The Socceroos leave Russian Federation after finishing third in their group, losing 3-2 to Germany and drawing 1-1 with both Cameroon and Chile. Many of them students in Moscow and Krasnodar came to support the Lions and were the delight of locals who stopped them for photos.

But I was happy to see so many Africans in Sochi having lived here for many months and seeing less than 10 in my entire time in the city.

The Socceroos saved their best performance of the tournament for last.

"We made six changes but we were confident the guys coming in had the energy and knew how we wanted to play".

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Cameroon were gifted a way back into the match when Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Aboubakar's header burst through his gloves in what was a poor goal to concede for the Barcelona keeper. If cheering could win matches, the Lions should have thrashed the Germans.

"It was impressive against a world class side".

The Socceroos proved they can come up against the best in the world, drawing with world number 4 Chile and exiting the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

Among some of the other Africans I met was an Ivorian medical student who is based in Krasnodar and three Moroccan fans who came to support Cameroon.

They then play lowly Thailand at home in the last qualifier in September.

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Cameroon have crashed out of the Confederations Cup while Germany have topped Group B with seven points. "I didn't see whether or not it was justified, but Cameroon kept attacking even when they were a man down".

"That must be reviewed and sorted out, because in one year's time, when the World Cup is here, teams should not be stuck in traffic".

All these are some of the things that would need to be fixed before the big fiesta of 2018.

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