THE nightmare worsened for the Socceroos and Holger Osieck after France inflicted a second straight embarrassing 6-0 thrashing in Paris overnight.
In a performance that could spell the end of Osieck’s tenure as national coach, the Socceroos were again torn to shreds just a month after a loss by the same scoreline against Brazil.
A France side brimming with superstars – led by the brilliant Franck Ribery – were ruthless against an Australian outfit that again looked disjointed and wasteful with any possession they had.
Reigning European player of the year Ribery was involved in most goals, in-form Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice in the first half while Real Madrid star Karim Benzema came off the bench to end his 16-month international goal drought.
Australia have conceded 19 goals in their past four matches and are in a state of disarray nine months out from the World Cup.
Despite guiding Australia to Brazil 2014, Osieck had been under heavy pressure coming into the match with reports Football Federation Australia (FFA) had already sounded out potential replacements.
The performance could be the final nail in the coffin for the German, although it’s unclear if FFA will make any decisions before Tuesday’s friendly against Canada in London.
Tim Cahill and Luke Wilkshire returned for the Socceroos, 25-year-old Mitch Langerak was handed a debut in goals and David Carney returned after more than a year out at left back.
James Holland was a surprise choice at right back while Rhys Williams partnered captain Lucas Neill in central defence.
But it was night to forget for every Australian player.
Carney had a particularly disastrous half and was substituted at halftime for youngster Jason Davidson.
After Langerak had made a brilliant save to deny Giroud early, there was a touch of fortune as the hosts opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Ribery’s penalty.
Carney was harshly adjudged to have hand-balled in the box, though his decision to raise his arms while defending a cross was bizarre.
Giroud added a second for France in the 16th minute with a deft first-time chip over Langerak following some good work from Ribery.
The in-form Arsenal striker had his double in the 27th minute and Ribery was again involved, combining beautifully with Manchester City star Samir Nasri who provided the last pass.
France were scoring for fun and midfielder Yoyan Cabaye was able to get in on the act, blasting a long-range shot through Carney’s legs and beyond Langerak.
France started the second half as they did the match, and the goals continued to flow.
Mathieu Debuchy scored in the 47th minute with a brilliant first-time finish following another failed Socceroos clearance.
It was 6-0 only two minutes later when substitute Benzema ended his baron run following some more splendid build-up by Ribery.
Australia had their first shot of the game in the 60th minute when Cahill fired over the bar from outside the box and they at least stopped the bleeding in the closing half-hour.
France made plenty of changes throughout the second half and some sloppy finishing – along with a few great saves by Langerak – prevented Australia matching their worst defeat.