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Ange scratching his head at Cameroon's assessment of Aussies

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has laughed off Cameroon's idea of Australian football as the two nations prepare for their first meeting on a football pitch.

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The African and Asian champions meet in St Petersburg overnight tonight in the Confederations Cup.

Both suffered first-up losses in the tournament. Another defeat will send that team home.

With no first-hand history and such high stakes, it’s only natural that both sides would engage in opposition research for the match.

But Postecoglou feels Cameroon coach Hugo Broos’ scouting report has Australia all wrong.

In his press conference on Wednesday, Broos claimed “Australia likes to play very direct with not many combinations and they try to be ASAP at goal”.

That’s at odds with any assessment of recent Socceroos matches – and the opinion of Germany coach Joachim Low.

Low praised Australia’s development after their tournament opener, won 3-2 by the Germans.

“I think they have developed very well in the last three or four years,” Low said.

“They do more combinations, not playing the long ball … it’s a team that is courageous and sometimes cheeky enough to challenge the opponents and attack very boldly.”

Postecoglou’s response to Broos suggested he knew which side of the debate he fell on.

“I don’t know what (Broos is) watching but from our perspective we certainly know how we want to play our football,” he said.

“The World Cup-winning coach saw it differently. You’ve got two contrasting opinions, you can choose to believe him or not.”

Like Australia, Cameroon are eager to start their second match in sharper style than their first – which ended in a 2-0 loss to Chile.

“The first 20 minutes, I won’t say it was a disaster but had we been unlucky it could have been 3-0 to Chile,” Broos said.

“I hope tomorrow from the first second of the game we will be in the game and will be dominating, and this is what we will try do do.”

Broos also railed against the organising committee for delays, calling for the Russians to review their transport plans in time for the World Cup next year.

A report said Russia’s tournament organiser “sent a message of apology” to the Africans champions for tardiness.

-AAP

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