16 Aug 2012

Socceroos beaten by Scotland in friendly

11:38 am on 16 August 2012

The Australian football team are still searching for momentum ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers after suffering a 3-1 loss to Scotland in Edinburgh.

A memorable Mark Bresciano goal gave the Socceroos an early advantage only for English Premier League target Jordan Rhodes to square the ledger before half-time.

After the break, debutant Jason Davidson endured a forgettable introduction to international football after heading into his own net, before Ross McCormack sealed Scotland's triumph with a clinical strike late on.

Although coach Holger Osieck used the opportunity to experiment with his squad, trying several players in new roles and making six substitutions, the German was left with much to ponder ahead of next month's high-stakes qualifier away to Jordan.