Frank Farina's Australia side depart Germany after losing all three games in this edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup. While it is true that no-one really expected the Socceroos to progress past the group stages, they will be bitterly disappointed that they failed to gain a single positive result.
They have impressed football lovers all over the world with astonishing comebacks against Germany and Argentina yet the statistics show that the performances of the Aussies, particularly in the defensive third, were not up to scratch. In just 270 minutes of football, they shipped ten goals.
They will be particularly disappointed with the manner of their final performance against Tunisia. A goalkeeping error from Michael Petkovic allowed Santos to strike and from there it was always going to be an uphill battle for Australia, even though they again displayed their battling qualities from first to last whistle.
Before the tournament the Oceania outfit admitted that they entered this tournament with one eye on qualification for next summer's FIFA World Cup. On the evidence of their performances over the last six days they are well capable of achieving their goal, but there is still an awful lot of hard work to do.