Van Marwijk salutes Luongo display

Massimo Luongo was arguably Australia's most impressive player in the draw with Colombia, and coach Bert van Marwijk took note.

Australia's Massimo Luongo goes for goal against Colombia   -  Getty Images

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk commended the impressive display of Massimo Luongo during Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Colombia, highlighting his ability to find the right spaces in midfield.

Having lost 4-1 to Norway, who have not qualified for the World Cup, on Friday, alarm bells started to ring with less than three months to go until the World Cup.

The performance left a lot of questions and highlighted many issues, as Van Marwijk's first game in charge showed how much preparation they still had to do.

But at Craven Cottage on Tuesday, things were a little different.

While Australia were not exactly a rampant force going forward, they did manage to hold on to a commendable 0-0 draw against a Colombia side which beat France – among the World Cup favourites – just four days earlier and QPR midfielder Luongo impressed Van Marwijk.

"Very good," Van Marwijk said of Luongo's display in his post-match news conference. "But I already knew that.

"He was one of our best players. He understands it, he knows the spaces and where he has to stand.

"He's also strong. You can see the chance he had that he created himself, it was his quality. I was very satisfied about him."

Despite the bitterness of the Norway defeat, captain Mile Jedinak is content with how the international break has been for Australia, suggesting it was one of those get togethers that leaves you excited for the next.

"It's been good," he told reporters. "Obviously it's all been a little new to everybody, but I think by the end of it, it's one of those where you can't wait to get back together again.

"There are going to be changes, but that's for us to understand, get to grips with.

"Obviously different managers have different styles, we have to adapt and we will do that and continue to work hard in order to give ourselves the best possible chance we can of going through [in the World Cup]."

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