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'It's f*cked'- Shattered Degenek reflects on Socceroos error

03:17 GMT+3 26/01/2019
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A very tough moment for the Aussie defender

Milos Degenek has delivered one of the most honest and heartbreaking post-match interviews you'll ever see following the Socceroos 1-0 loss to the UAE at the Asian Cup quarter-finals

The Australian defender was culpable for the deciding goal with his stray back pass in the second-half opening the door for Ali Mabkhout to strike.

Degenek, who had impressed across the entire tournament, quickly owned up to the mistake post-game as the harsh reality of his error set in. 

"Obviously we didn’t go through tonight because of my mistake," Degenek told Fox Sports.

"I let the team down, let the boys down, let our country down. It's obviously a s*it situation, it's f*cked to be in my shoes, but that’s life, that’s football, it happens.

"I feel bad for the boys because I ended our dreams. I made the mistake that shattered all our dreams, and not just ours but our country’s but we didn’t deserve it tonight I think.

"It's pretty hard to say anything, it's f*cked.”

Jackson Irvine was quick to leap to Degenek's defence in an interview of his own after the match, but Degenek admitted it's something he has to learn to live with by himself.  

“Everyone says the same thing, 'keep your head up', obviously," he said. 

"But there's nothing you can say, I know what happened, I know what I did. I don’t feel bad for myself as much as I do for the boys because the boys did not deserve to end the tournament that way tonight.

"I think we had a lot more in and I feel very bad for the boys, the whole staff, the whole country.

"I can live with myself and this mistake it’s something I’ll have to deal with but can’t blame anyone else obviously.”

It was an eventful tournament for Degenek, who earlier sealed a club move to Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal from boyhood club Red Star Belgrade.