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Sep 7, 2013

Socceroos rout painful lesson: Osieck

Surprised coach Holger Osieck has described the Socceroos' 6-0 demolition at the hands of Brazil as a brutal wake up call ahead of next year's World Cup.

Sure, there's no bigger test than playing Brazil in Brazil but the Samba Boys ran rings around the Socceroos, or more accurately danced rings around them, dominating in every aspect as they handed Australia a footballing lesson at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia on Saturday (Sunday AEST).

"It's better we make these mistakes now than in nine months time," Osieck said.

"It was a painful experience.

"I expected a tough game and expected them to be on top of us but the margin was a little bit brutal and this I didn't expect.

"But we definitely have to deal with it.

"We have a few months ahead of us now and we have a couple of quality games to play and I'm sure we're going to improve step by step."

The Socceroos had next to no possession and when they did have the ball they couldn't keep it as they were completely outclassed by the five-time world champions in front of over 40,000 fans.

"If you are not able to contain possession of the ball or you can't control it when you play the ball up then you have no chance," Osieck said.

"That's how we conceded the first three goals in the first half. We were in the attacking third and some inaccurate balls lead to a loss of possession.

"They made a quick transition, a good counter attack and scored from there.

"That is definitely a lesson we have to learn, that we really have to be more composed under pressure."

Jo scored a brace with Barcelona superstar Neymar, Chelsea's Ramires, Alexandre Pato, Luiz Gustavo adding the other goals as the Socceroos' hapless defence were unable to stem the barrage of three goals in each half.

Australia created no real chances with two first-half headers, both off Tommy Oar corners, from Josh Kennedy and skipper Lucas Neill and a Brett Holman shot the only minor glimmers of hope.

The scoreline matched Australia's worst-ever result against Brazil when Ronaldo and Romario both bagged hat-tricks in the 1997 Confederations Cup.

On that occasion is was Mark Bosnich between the sticks and on Saturday it was Mark Schwarzer.

The usually stoic veteran shotstopper conceding the most amount of goals ever in a Socceroos jersey.

"There's definitely a lot of lessons to be learned from today," Osieck said.

"It's a fact we played one of the top teams in the world, a real quality team and we just haven't had the experience against top teams in the last couple of years, not since the World Cup, and it showed today."

With nine months left before the World Cup, Osieck was offered a clear picture of the gulf that exists between Australia and the world's best teams who'll they'll be competing against next June.

And he'll get another opportunity to test his side when they meet France in Paris next month.

"It's not the end of the world," he said.

"It was a test game and it's pretty brutal to lose a game like that but I know where to start (addressing the problems)".

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