What we learned from the Socceroos' win over Hungary


What were the major conclusions from Australia's 2-1 defeat of Hungary in Budapest on Sunday (AEST)?

Here are six takeaways from the result:

Arzani will bring the x-factor

Before Sunday, it might have been that the Socceroos had brought Arzani along for the ride in Russia as preparation for future efforts with the national team. Not now.

The 19-year-old's opportunistic goal and cracking through-ball for Australia's second shows he can be influential at the international level. And what a confidence boost to a confidence player.

Socceroos need to settle

The first 20 minutes will be crucial against France and in the Socceroos' last two friendlies, it's when Australia have been found wanting.

Composure is the key to holding off a heavyweight nation like Les Bleus and without it, a similar fate to their two previous FIFA World Cup openers could follow - when early goals to Chile and Germany cruelled their tournaments.

Jedinak could bring composure

There's plenty that believe Mile Jedinak has his best days behind him, but the towering 33-year-old served a reminder of his importance in Budapest.

The Aston Villa man came on at half-time and moved well, showed terrific touch, allowing Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic to express themselves. Though he didn't take on the armband, Jedinak showed his leadership.

Ryan is Australia's number one

And by that, we mean he's the first name on the team-sheet. The Socceroos gloveman is in sparkling form, denying Hungary striker Adam Szalai with a crucial one-on-one.

Brad Jones' second-half horror show only served as a reminder of Ryan's importance. When the shots come flying in against France, Ryan will be ready.

Position vacant: striker

It's never a good feeling to be substituted as a substitute but Tomi Juric's 25-minute run wasn't about his performance, it was about getting time into Tim Cahill's legs.

With Andrew Nabbout starting, without setting the world on fire, and Jamie Maclaren in the wings, Bert van Marwijk has some thinking to do about his No.9

This team has guts

As van Marwijk noted after the match, the Socceroos weren't satisfied with a draw at 1-1, even with nothing on the line.

Impressive substitutes Arzani and Jackson Irvine combined to force a winner in injury-time - even though there was little on the line in a friendly match. The Socceroos spirit is alive and well.

Source AAP