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Socceroos give up 3-0 lead

In a thrilling match the Socceroos gave up a 3-0 lead as they fell 4-3 to Ecuador at The Den in London on Wednesday night.

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Tim Cahill celebrates becoming Australia's all time leading scorer
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It was a young squad from the Socceroos with Mile Jedinak handed the captaincy for the first time and the Australians got off to a phenomenal start taking a 3-0 lead in the first half.

Curtis Good made his debut, starting at the center of defense, while Mat Ryan laid his claim for being Mark Schwarzer successor as he was handed the start in goal.

Australia used their speed to surprise the South Americans and take control of the match early, allowing Tim Cahill a chance in the sixth minute that he headed just wide.

It didn’t take long for Tim Cahill to make up for that miss as Tommy Oar sent in a corner that allowed Mark Milligan to head it for Cahill who headed home a record breaking goal, his 30th international goal making him the leading Australian goal scorer.

A penalty allowed the Socceroos their next chance after Tim Cahill was pulled by Gabriel Achilier, allowing new captain, Mile Jedinak, to step up and slam home the second.

It was all Australia and in the 32nd minute Cahill extended his record as Matthew Leckie’s impressive run allowed him to send in a cross that allowed Cahill to score with a diving header.

At half-time Mitch Langerak came on to replace Ryan in goal, but it would be a decision that Postecoglou, and perhaps even Langerak would regret as he did little to boost his chances of getting the number one jersey in Brazil.

Ecuador made plenty of changes to their side at the half-time break to try and come in to the match and they did so, taking control in the second half.

12 minutes in to the second half Ecuador pulled one back as Enner Valencia sent in a good ball for Fidel Martinez who was able to send the ball home and put Ecuador back in the match.

One minute later disaster struck for Australia as Mitch Langerak severely hurt his chances of becoming the new number one as he rushed out to clear but only ended up kicking Antonio Valencia, earning himself a straight red card.

Brad Jones’ first action as keeper was to pick the ball out of the back of the net as Segundo Castillo hit a powerful penalty to make it 3-2.

Ecuador were looking incredibly dangerous and so with a lead Postecoglou went to his bench to sure up the defense, handing a debut to Alex Wilkinson.

In the 78th minute Ecuador drew level as Antonio Valencia made a great run and crossed in for Enner Valencia to send past Jones.

Ecuador kept up the pressure and in stoppage time they had their lead as Edison Mendes snuck in behind Wilkinson to hit the winning goal.

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