Socceroos Lose Key Friendly Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers

Australia faces off with Oman in a WC qualifier on Friday.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia lost 2-0 to Denmark on Friday night in a soccer friendly played in Copenhagen. Denmark, the world No.10 ranked country, scored in the 32nd and 68th minute, but it was the Socceroos that couldn’t make the most of their chances.

The result comes as the squad arrived today in Muscat ready to take on Oman in preparation for a 2014 World Cup qualifying game.

Captain Daniel Agger scored Denmark’s first via a penalty before substitute Andreas Bjelland scored with a close range strike. After the half the Aussies came out to dominate the ball with Mark Bresciano excellent in the middle but Kewell and Brosque missed opportunities.

Lucas Neill downplayed the loss saying it was a great lead up game.

"Forget the score line, it was a good hit-out for us," he said.

"What you don't see is that we have had a really physical week looking a bit further (towards Oman)."

Australia plays Oman on Friday, a team they lost to 1-0 in the last round of qualifiers last November. Both sides advanced to the current third round of WC qualifiers with Oman losing on the weekend to Japan in a qualifying game for them. Australia takes on the Japanese next Tuesday in Brisbane.