Socceroo player ratings in the 1-0 triumph against Costa Rica on Tuesday night in Sydney.

Socceroos player ratings

November 19, 2013
By Steve Larkin and Angela Habashy

Socceroos player ratings for the international friendly against Costa Rica on Tuesday night in Sydney:

MATHEW RYAN: Rarely needed as Costa Rica didn't put a shot on target, but a clean sheet is a clean sheet. Rating 7.

LUCAS NEILL: Some anxious moments but his organisation of an inexperienced defence justified him becoming the longest-serving Socceroos captain. Rating 6.

MARK MILLIGAN: Reliable and hard working in midfield, rarely put a foot wrong in another dependable display. Rating 7.

MATHEW LECKIE: Was clearly out to impress and did so. Played with pace and was a constant threat up front. Rating 8.

ROBBIE KRUSE: Shrugged off heavy marking from the Costa Ricans to be a constant attacking threat. The stand-out. Rating 9.

RHYS WILLIAMS: Started brightly in central defensive posting next to Neill, with some shrewd long passes, but faded before being subbed. Rating 6.

MILE JEDINAK: Solid game alongside Bresciano in the midfield holding role. Found space, created chances and frequently chopped off Costa Rica attacks. Rating 8.

JASON DAVIDSON: Shaky start to his audition to become a long-term solution at left back. Looked a tad green in the role, perhaps trying too hard. Rating: 4.

MARK BRESCIANO: Typically crafty and creative, a solid performer who again proved his class. Rating 7.

IVAN FRANJIC: Eye-catching at right-back. Made some daring forward runs and was sound in defence. Rating 7.

DARIO VIDOSIC: Started nicely but drifted out of the game in an attacking role along the left-flank. Rating 4.

Substitutes:

RYAN McGOWAN: Replaced Williams in the centre of defence in the 48th minute. Solid without being spectacular. Rating 5.

TIM CAHILL: Replaced Leckie in the 52nd minute and scored the winner. Remains the talisman. Rating 8.

TOM ROGIC: Replaced Vidosic in the 61st minute and was enervating in midfield, showing superb skills and attacking intent. Rating 7.

TOMMY OAR: Replaced Bresciano in the 61st minute, some nice touches but needs more game time to flourish. Rating 6.

JOSH KENNEDY: Replaced Kruse in the 76th minute. Had little impact, but he remains a point of difference. Rating 5.

MATT McKAY: Replaced Milligan in the 76th minute. Solid, but had few opportunities to impress. Rating 5.

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