Bulgaria 1 - Australia 1

Australia has drawn 1-1 with Bulgaria, in its final round match of the Four Nations Soccer Tournament being played in Valparaiso, Chile

The LG Socceroos took the lead within the first minute of the game, Paul Agostino latching onto a Pablo Cardozo cross and volleying the ball into the back of the net.

Australia continued to dominate the match with Agostino, Cardozo and Steve Corica all having shots saved, before Bulgaria drew back the equalizer just two minutes from full time.

While obviously disappointed with the final outcome, coach Frank Farina is otimistic about the continued progress of his team.

"Once again I felt we deserved to win the game, and its a difficult result to swallow because we dominated for so long and were ahead for so much of it, but by the same token, we didn't score the second goal," he said after the match.

"We went really close, with with Paul Agostino having two attempts cleared off the line, as well as a number of other chances, so we had our opportunities to wrap the match up.

"It's always dangerous at 1-0, it's really disappointing to lose it right at the death, but in the end you have to score goals to win games."

"Still I'm overall very happy with the way the team has developed through this tournament, we've gotten better with each game and have always looked promising.

"Playing 3 games in 7 days is always difficult, but I've had the opportunity to look at a variety of different players in different positions, I've felt we've gone from strength to strength, and we'll continue to improve."

written by Soccer Australia