The Socceroos have held Brazil to only four goals at the MCG in their International Friendly last night, in a match that Football Federation Australia officials are calling a 'roaring success'.
The players and coaching staff of Australia have revealed that they set themselves a pre-game target of conceding fewer than 450 goals to their five-time World Cup-winning opponents - a target that was greatly exceeded.
"We got off to a very shaky start. We knew that mathematically, and not allowing for injury time, we'd have to prevent Brazil from scoring every 12 seconds to achieve our goal," said Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
"Of course, after 10 seconds the ball was in our net and I was worried that we'd lose our heads. To the boys credit, we steadied and only conceded another three."
Diego Souza opened the scoring for the Brazilians following a wayward pass from Bailey Wright almost directly from the kick-off. The South Americans were unable to score again for over an hour until Thiago Silva headed home a goal from a yard out; defender David Luiz described it as "definitely the longest hour of my footballing life".
Australia now fly to Russia to compete in the Confederations Cup where they are grouped with Cameroon, Chile and Germany.
"The biggest test will be Germany," said Postecoglou.
"Given that we aimed to keep Brazil under 450, and Germany beat Brazil 7-1, if we keep Germany to under 3150 goals we'll consider that a win."
Australia play Germany at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on June 19th.