It’s not news that the Socceroos can't score from open play. What’s odd is our reluctance to tackle that issue.
Our starting front four for the Peru game have clocked up a total of 201 games between them. They have scored IN TOTAL 28 goals for the Socceroos. That’s less than one every seven games between them all.
None of them even has nine goals for the Socceroos in now-lengthy national team careers.
And yet there we were last night, putting our trust in them all once again to somehow get us over the line.
It’s a problem that should have been addressed a long time ago, but it’s one that Bert van Marwijk could still have challenged in part during this campaign.
Early in his brief Socceroos stint, he laid out his stall for a 4-1-1–3-1 formation that relied on a target man, with Andrew Nabbout getting the nod.
But although he repaid the favour once in the warm up friendlies, he never looked seriously like repeating it in his five other games.
And the problem with the big strong target man is that it also requires the forwards around him being able to finish from the second ball, if the striker is unable to do the business himself.
Robbie Kruse has five goals from 67 matches. Mathew Leckie, who is without doubt worth his starting spot, still has just eight goals from 56 caps.
Tom Rogic who orchestrated so much against Denmark and Peru, also has a meagre seven goals from 40 games.
These are not players pouncing on the second ball from a target man and putting it away on a regular basis.
In which case, you need the striker to do the finishing too – but Tomi Juric himself has just eight goals from 38 appearances. Yes, he was key in the Asian Cup campaign, but that was more than three years ago.