After managing a great draw against Germany, the same could not be said of the Socceroos second match in March. Australia played out an incredibly dull match only managing a scoreless draw against a determined Macedonia.
Australia controlled the opening stages, as had been expected in the build up to the match as they controlled it. But for all of that possession they just could not manage to find a goal that they needed to back up their domination.
The Socceroos had almost all the ball, but they were just proving wasteful as they gave chances away despite them continually coming. Most notably there was some wasteful play in the 30th minute from Nathan Burns who was able to cut through the Macedonia defense but shot right at the keeper.
It was a dull and frustrating half for the Socceroos as they were just unable to pull together their fluid passing. Macedonia were determined to keep Australia out and they did so as they were able to keep the match scoreless at half time.
Australia continued to push in the match, looking to find a goal but they were still denied by a strong effort for the Macedonia defense. In the 68th minute Australia could have had the goal as Matthew Leckie saw his shot saved before Tomi Juric tried to run on to a rebound but couldn’t get it home.
There was little of note throughout a difficult and frustrating match with chances rare for Australia, but when they came Australia failed to take those opportunities. The last piece of note was Chris Ikonomidis making his debut to become the 579th Socceroo, a bright spark in a dull match.