Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo earns Australia redemption with display against Chile in Confederations Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 June 2017
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Rs man bounced back from torrid time against Germany to impress in draw for Socceroos
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo played a key role for Australia as the Socceroos ended their Confederations Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Chile.
After picking up just one point from their first two Group B games against Germany and Cameroon, Luongo and his countrymen knew they head to beat the reigning Copa America champions to progress to the semi-finals.
While Australia ultimately came up short, with James Troisi’s opener cancelled out by a Martin Rodgriguez goal, Ange Postecoglu’s team can still be proud of their efforts against Chile.
Luongo in particular caught the eye, setting the tempo in midfield having been recalled to the side as one of six changes.
It marked a rapid change in fortunes for the 24-year-old following a torrid display against Germany in the group opener, in which Luongo was replaced at the break after a disastrous first half.
His display against Chile, though, was a story of redemption and the Rs man was pleased to be handed another chance by Postecoglu.
“I didn’t feel great after the first game. I got another chance, we all have our off days, but I’m glad I put it right, for me and the team and for people watching back home as well,” said Luongo.
“I don’t care about the Germany performance now. I just put it behind me and move on. I don’t dwell on things.”
Luongo will now take a couple of weeks off to recuperate following his Confederations Cup exertions before returning to pre-season training with QPR.
When the Australian international does return, he will already be aware that the west London club’s trip to Reading in March has been brought forward.
Rs were due to visit the Madejski on March 31, but the match has now been brought forward to March 30 with kick-off at 5.30pm.
Luongo could also be joined by a new team mate, with rumours suggesting Rs are close to a deal for Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen.
The 24-year-old is out of contract and it is understood he is close to agreeing terms to move to Loftus Road.
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