The young Socceroos surprised many with their free flowing football at times and ability to play at high pressure situations. One player who stood out not only for his age was Perth’s Daniel de Silva.
Paul Okon spoke after the match about Daniel de Silva’s performance after the game.
“We know Daniel’s qualities and what he can bring to the team. He’s got a bit of freedom to express himself, and we know he can create,” Okon said.
“We’ve never looked at birth dates, and what club you play for, and Daniel stepped up.”
The young 16-year-old definitely impressed many onlookers.
Daniel De Silva scores for Australia v Colombia in the U20 World Cup. Youngest player of the tournament, kid looks a talent.
— Renato (@th14Renato) June 22, 2013
However, the style of play Australia was expected to play before the game was said to have been a physical according to Colombian u20 coach Esteban Restrepo.
“Australia are very physical and they base their game on their power,” said Restrepo.
Restrepo’s words were proved wrong as the young Socceroos more than held their own in the opening group C game.
“[Colombia] left the field pretty upset, thinking prior to the game that they were going to walk all over us,” Blagojevic told Goal Australia.
“They were quoted as saying that we were just a physical side, but the boys can take a lot of positives out of this.”
After the young Socceroos encounter against Colombia they sit second on the group C table with a game against competition minnows El Salvador beckoning.
“We can turn our attentions to El Salvador, a good opponent. People are saying this is the game Australia’s going to win easily. We’re not having any of that,” Okon said.
“We need to put in a similar performance [against El Salvador], and if we can do that we’re confident we can win.”
The young Socceroos play El Salvador live on SBS Wednesday 01:00am AEST.
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