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Football team's classy gesture in final warm-up match

Posted: 06-Jul-2019 by PanAm Games 2019

They may have gone down 2-1 to Mexico in their final practice match before the Pan-American Games, but there were plenty of positive signs for Australia’s junior football team.

The Aussie outfit matched the physicality of the host nation as they turned in a strong performance just days before their opening match. From the outset, Nathan Maiorana’s side looked sturdy in defence and looked to expose their opponents on the counter.

A scoreless first half saw the green and gold look assured in possession culminating in some good looks for their wide players. Neat work in midfield created opportunities going forward for the forwards but unfortunately, nothing found the target.

Australia and Mexico come together after the match

After the break, the Mexican outfit got their noses in front care of a well-worked attacking move, catching out the Aussies to break the deadlock. Just minutes later it was two care of an unfortunate own goal.

But the Aussies refused to give up and soon they had hope as Corey Berman slotted home their first goal on Mexican soil – eliciting a big cheer from teammates and a sizeable Aussie crowd contingent.

Maor Goichman found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper after a top through ball from Joel Parasol, but the frontman’s effort failed to find the net.

As the full-time whistle blew, there was a feeling of optimism within the camp despite the result.

“I think we played great,” captain Amiel Selzer said after the game.

“We showed the competition that we’re really here to play serious and we’re not a joke. We showed a few things we can do, we can pass the ball out, we can play the ball long, and it’s a good sign for future games.”

They did Australia proud on the field and were equally as classy off it. Each member of the Mexican side received a Team Aus t-shirt in a nice ceremony at the end of the game – a top gesture from our charges.

The junior boys football side begin their Pan-Am campaign on Sunday morning with a clash against Chile.