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Australia coach Holger Osieck has taken the time to praise young attacker Robbie Kruse ahead of the Asian Cup final against Japan...

Australia coach Holger Osieck has taken the time to praise young attacker Robbie Kruse ahead of the 2011 Asian Cup final against Japan on Saturday.

Kruse came off the bench minutes after the interval in the semi-final against Uzbekistan and played a hand in two goals and scored one for himself in the 6-0 victory.

"I gave him an opportunity to play in the top position against Uzbekistan because he worked so hard in training. He took every session very seriously and I was impressed because he was doing a great job," said Osieck to the-afc.com.

"He was very committed and I thought it was time to give him an opportunity to show it. But you never know whether he is going to be able to transfer it in the big game. He's not a hero yet.

"He missed some chances, but he scored and laid off some chances for his team-mates. He has to learn, but we will continue working on him."

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