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The Socceroos' boss tried to take the positives from their humiliating defeat in Brasilia, interpreting the result as a welcome reality check ahead of the World Cup next year

Australia coach Holger Osieck said his team have received a harsh but valuable lesson from Brazil on what it takes to be a world-class outfit.

The Socceroos were pummelled by the Selecao 6-0 in a friendly at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on Saturday.

And with the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting in little over nine months, Osieck claimed his team have to learn how to maintain their composure against the world's top countries.

"We have come to Brazil to get an idea how football on this level is, and now we know and now it's up to us to analyse and to work on all the elements we have to improve on," Osieck said following the heavy defeat.

"When you don't play the ball accurate from defence and you give them [possession] easily and the other team, like Brazil, they press and that is what we have to work on and to learn to play the ball under high pressure."

Osieck suggested playing the five-time world champions was an eye-opener for Australia and the Socceroos mentor lamented his team's poor ball use, which he identified as a key reason for the rout.

"We haven't played a team like Brazil for a long time," he said.

"Brazil brings a different quality to the game, they started with a lot of pace, we were pushed back and when we could win the ball we gave it away too easily.

"We played very inaccurate balls up front and that is how we conceded the goals (in the) first half, we lost the balls in the attacking third and against a team like Brazil you get punished for it.

"I must say the quality of the Brazilian team and of the individual players is fantastic."

Australia now turn their attention to a friendly against France in Paris on October 12, followed by a game against Canada in London four days later.

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