Eugene Galekovic produced the performance of a lifetime on Saturday and then proved himself to be a master of the understatement too, playing down his heroics in Australia’s 0-0 draw with South Korea.
The Socceroos found themselves under siege for all of the first half and much of the second in a remarkably one-sided contest at the Seoul World Cup stadium.
Galekovic however proved to be in inspired form, pulling off a string of saves to deny the hosts in the EAFF East Asian Cup opener.
Speaking afterwards, the humble Adelaide United custodian talked down what could easily be considered the best display of his career.
“Obviously happy with how I performed and [I] kept a clean sheet, so that was the main thing,” he said.
“First half they had a few shots on target, second half was maybe a little bit quieter, it was more deflections and the two centre-backs did all right at keeping the ball out too. So it was a great result in the end, we got a point and that was the main thing.”
When asked if Socceroos coach Holger Osieck tore into his underperforming players at half-time, Galekovic said: “Yeah he did, we weren’t great in the first half. We all knew that.
“Second half we came out and did a little bit better, and performed [better]. As the tournament goes on we’ll get better.”
With Mark Schwarzer set to struggle for playing time at Chelsea next season, Australia’s number one shirt could be up for grabs going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
But while Osieck acknowledged in his post-match press conference that Galekovic had forced his way into consideration, the man himself said he still has a lot to do to displace Schwarzer in Brazil next year.
“I think it’s still a long way away, [a} whole season to play, so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing at Adelaide United and give myself a chance,” he said.
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