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The Australian national team manager Holger Osieck has said that he is extremely disappointed following his team's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Scotland in a recent friendly match. Holger Osieck was coming into the match saying that he would like to take a lot of positives from the friendly. Scotland may be in the transition, but they are much better on paper according to the Australian national team manager. However, he was given a wake-up call to the opportunities of Australia qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when the team suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Speaking after the match, the manager has said that he is extremely disappointed by the basic performance put in by the team and that he would bringing in a lot of changes in the next matches in order to spice up the team. Australia managed to take the lead in the first half through a goal from Mark Bresciano. However, they were left with no answer to the impressive comeback put by Scotland. The Scots managed to score in the first half itself to equalise and scored two more goals in the second half to win the match comfortably.

"Our display today was very, very... basic, let's call it that. We were not in the position to play constructive balls into the danger area, the understanding when we have to change positions was not there, and we gave Scotland too much room in attacking midfield positions in particular. Even during half-time when we talked about it we didn't actually change," said the manager after the match. Australia will now be taking part in World Cup qualifying matches beginning in September. Their first verification match will be against Jordan after which they will be facing the likes of Iraq and Oman as part of the World Cup qualification.