World Nations Cup 2018 | Group G
Eboria beat Australia 4-0, as Italy & Belgium draw, meaning the Golden Stars go through with one game to play.
Eboria’s win over Australia has given them breathing space before the final game against Belgium. 4-0 did not tell the full story between these two. For much of the game, there was not much between the two sides.
Eboria took the lead in the fourth minute, with Henry Thomas making a clever cross-run between the Aussie defence. Wilcox played him in and he turned a curled the ball into the far corner, past a helpless Mat Ryan.
Australia came back and created some good chances, with Juric and Cahill making Chambers work hard to keep them at bay. Australia were looking for the equaliser before half time, which led to their downfall, as Eboria caught them on the counter. Wilcox fed in Aaron Johnson, who crossed an early ball into Roman Baric. Baric struck with a sweet volley past Ryan, deflating the Australian team.
Eboria regained control of the game as the second period got underway, keeping possesion and slowing the pace down a little. Australia picked up their tempo and threatened the Golden Star’s defence. Once again, this left them open at the back. Baric scored his second, following another good run from Johnson and a great cross.
Five minutes later, a Wilcox corner was only half-cleared by Mat Ryan and his defensive unit. The ball fell invitingly into the path of Mike Mills, who drilled home a rocket from 30 yards. another minor error from the Aussies had resulted in a goal.
With Italy and Belgium drawing 1-1 in the earlier kick-off, Eboria are guaranteed to go through, regardless of the outcome of the final match against the favourites and group seeds- Belgium.
Eboria (4-3-3): Chambers, Cooper, Myers (sub Givens) , Vladic, Ayandele (C), Mills, Harrison, Wilcox (sub Langford), Johnson (sub Carter), Thomas, Baric.