Tim Cahill was keen to take the positives from Australia’s 1-0 Asian Cup loss to South Korea, urging his team-mates to look ahead to the knock-out stages with confidence.
The hosts suffered their first defeat of the tournament in Brisbane on Saturday, a 32nd-minute effort from Lee Jung-hyub ensuring that South Korea finished top of Group A.
Defeat for Australia means that they will face a tricky path through to the final, with a quarter-final tie with China on the horizon in five days’ time.
But Cahill – who was rested by Ange Postecoglu but came on as a 71st-minute substitute – refused to get downhearted by the setback.
“We now have to get up and go again,” he said.
“We’ve got China in five days and the way I see it we did not take our chances tonight and if we had taken one of them we would have been on our way to Melbourne [to face Saudi Arabia or Uzbekistan].
“That was not to be but we still have a lot left in the tournament and tonight it would have been good to get that result.”
“If we got the draw we deserved it would have been fine. Korea are a good football team and played really well, they crowded their third of the pitch and were physical.”
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