Hiddink slams Azzurri
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Australia coach Guus Hiddink was left a bitter tactitian after his side's defeat to Italy.
Australia coach Guus Hiddink was left a bitter tactician after his side's defeat to Italy had him fuming from the touchline.
The SocceRoos bowed out of the World Cup courtesy of Francesco Totti's last-minute penalty, awarded, harshly perhaps, when Lucas Neill has adjudged to have brought down Fabio Grosso inside the area.
Hiddink feels defeat was wholly unjust on his side and when reflecting on Italy's performance, despite the fact they were reduced to ten-men for much of the second half when Marco Materazzi was dismissed, the Dutchman was scathing in his appraisal.
"Even when Materazzi was on the park we controlled parts of the game and then when he was sent off, we assumed full control," he said.
"Then we fully dominated against a team that is much more highly ranked than us, before we got caught out in the last minute and if you see the replay there is no doubt it wasn't a penalty.
"Italy just tried to play on the counter-attack and we tried to play another style, a style that is more attractive for the spectators to see but that is their style.
"The Italians wanted to play defensively, they love to play with a wall - they don't think about attractive football, they just think about the result."
One noticeable absentee from Australia's ranks was Harry Kewell, the man responsible for getting his country to the last 16, with it now being confirmed the Liverpool man is suffering from gout.
"He's got gout on his foot," confirmed team-mate Scott Chipperfield.
"He's in a lot of pain, he can't walk, he's walking on crutches.
"It was disappointing for us tonight because we could have done with him in the last third."