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24 SPORT MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Talented striker Geoffry Lino has had an outstanding start to the season for Port Darwin Six-goal blitz puts Port on top as coach counts cost in injuries PORT Darwin moved top of the NorZone Premier League on goal difference with a 6-1 victory over Palmerston in Fridays round seven action. Port and Darwin Olympic are level on 21 points but Port have a favourable goal difference of six. However, Port coach Michael Gerakios did not believe Fridays five-goal winning margin reflected the match, with Palmerston showing plenty of enthusiasm and ability. Geoffry Lino scored twice to take his tally for the season to 24, 13 ahead of his nearest rivals, teammate Brendan Watters and Hellenics Fotis Hatzivalsamis. It was a hard-fought win, Gerakios said. And it came at a price, with three of our players suffering serious injuries. Lino injured his leg after a tackle in the penalty area, while Munyaradzi Ruparanganda and goalkeeper Matthew Jacques also suffered serious injuries. Jacques had to be taken from the field with a head knock. Port, who led 4-1 at halftime, were unable to finish off their first-half supremacy. Lino (2), Watters, William Tamba, Ronan Tierney and an own goal, courtesy of a Lino shot, were the goalscorers with Louis Buntin replying. In Fridays early match Casuarina drew 1-1 with Uni Azzurri. Johnny Bueti gave Azzurri the lead before Marino Pereira equalised. On Saturday, 1st Brigade claimed their second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Mindil. Conan Franks, Joe Turner and Sean Hobson scored for the winners with Zachary Oerto and Oskar Meehan Lee replying. ROUND 8 Darwin NorZone Mens Premier League Friday: Uni Azzurri v Port Darwin at DFS (8pm). Saturday: Palmerston v 1st Brigade at Gray Oval (7pm). Sunday: Mindil v Hellenic at DFS (5pm), Casuarina v Darwin Olympic at DFS (7pm). By DOUG BOOTH SOCCER Narrow loss gives hope to Socceroos THE Socceroos were fearless against Croatia's star-studded team and will have the same attitude when they face the highly-rated Chileans in their World Cup opener, defender Jason Davidson says. Australia went down 1-0 to Croatia in their final World Cup warm up match in Salvador, but looked solid in defence and kept the world No. 20 side largely at bay. Croatia boast big names with the likes of Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, who also plays in Spain with Seville, Bayern Munichs Mario Mandzukic and Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic. It was Modric who set up Jelavic for the winner. The match was the first full game the back four of rightback Ivan Franjic, centre-half pairing of Matthew Spiranovic and Alex Wilkinson and leftback Davidson had played together. Coach Ange Postecoglou has been fielding the four de fenders in most of his 11 v 11 games at training in Brazil, and the weeks of preparation appeared to pay off. The Socceroos will face a sterner test in Cuiaba on Saturday against the difficult and fiercely attacking Chileans whose forwards feature the likes of Juventus Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez, who plays for Spanish giants Barcelona. But Davidson says they won't be fazed. You give credit when credit's due and theyre fantastic players but everyones got two arms and two legs, he said. You have to show respect but in the same breath why cant we go at them and surprise them? I think last night against Croatia, they have fantastic players like Modric, Mandzukic. These guys are playing in the biggest clubs in the world and we were quite fearless and we just wanted to go out there and prove ourselves. Davidson, who earned his seventh cap against Croatia, said. He says he's growing in confidence in the left-back role with every game. Having Craig Moore, one of Australia's best defenders as a mentor in camp has been invaluable. During the camp he's been speaking to a lot of the boys and just personally just to give tips and advice, he said. Obviously it's our first World Cup so as much advice as possible is great and to have those kinds of people around I think its massive for a young team. WORLD CUP TIPS GREY MORRIS (NT News) Finalists: Holland v Germany Winner: Holland DALE FLETCHER (NT News) Finalists: Brazil v Portugal Winner: Brazil JESS WEBSTER (NT News) Finalists: Brazil v Argentina Winner: Brazil DOUG BOOTH (NT News) Finalists: Brazil v Germany Winner: Brazil DAVID WHITE (NT News) Finalists: Germany v Spain Winner: Germany By ANGELA HABASHY SOCCER Cahill pleased with discipline STRIKER Tim Cahill knows what it takes to get a result against tough opposition and feels the Socceroos are well placed heading into their World Cup match against Chile. The veteran was buoyed despite Australias 1-0 loss to Croatia in Salvador on the weekend. He admitted more work needed to be done at the front after Australia struggled to create meaningful chances and he was left with not much supply at the point of attack. But the 34-year-old feels that the Socceroos disciplined display leaves them in a good place less than a week before they kick off their World Cup campaign against world No. 13 side Chile on Saturday. Im really happy, he said. I think defensively and structurally we really solid the goal they scored was an opportunist goal that basically just seemed to fall for them at the right time. But overall it was very positive. We played when we had to play, we werent really too bothered with the way they played, if anything I thought the way we set up was really structurally right and it will stand us in good stead for a team like Chile. Now well work this week on the final third and hopefully get some more chances. Cahill said the Socceroos had held themselves well against their more fancied opponents, who boast several stars the likes of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. He felt the way Australia played defensively would have made people take notice. When you look at the game, I think Croatia, they fielded a very top class team with world class strikers and players. Were out there to make it difficult for other sides but at the same time I know that we would have affected them mentally with the way we played football. I suppose for us, were looking pretty good and overall maybe surprised a few people with our football. More reign forecast for Spain DEFENDING champions Spain will arrive in Brazil optimistic about their chances of a repeat and undaunted by Saturdays opening game against Holland in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. Melbourne Citys guest signing David Villa, Spains goals leader, lifted his total to 58 with two more in his sides 2-0 win over El Salvador in a warm up match in Washington. Coming into Brazil where they face Holland, Chile then Australia in the group stage as defending champion brings only a sense of pride for Spain. It is important but it doesnt give you any advantage, Villa said. Spains manager Vicente del Bosque saw some areas he wanted to improve upon after the El Salvador match, as his rivals played a defensive style that took until the 60th minute for Spain to crack for a goal. English intact after stalemate ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson breathed a sigh of relief after his team emerged unscathed from a bruising goalless draw with Honduras in Miami yesterday. A match interrupted by a lightning storm also saw plenty of sparks on the pitch with a number of full-blooded challenges that would have given Hodgson anxious moments. Honduras had Brayan Beckeles sent off in the 66th minute for a second bookable offence but will take heart from a battling display and a clean sheet after losing their previous two warm-up games 4-2 to Israel and 2-0 to Turkey. England created several openings but failed to take advantage with Daniel Sturridge the main culprit. Wayne Rooney made his third straight start for England, the only player to play all three pre-World Cup warm-ups. Luck deserts battling Mexico MEXICO head to the World Cup and a glamour date with hosts Brazil fresh off two defeats, no goals and star striker Javier Hernandez out of the side and out of form. But coach Miguel Herrera believes their quarterfinal goal is a realistic one and they had the better of Saturdays friendly against Portugal, before conceding in injury time. Portugal keeper Eduardo made several crucial saves he had an amazing game, said Herrera and El Tri should have been out of sight by the time Portugal defender Bruno Alves headed home. The team demonstrated they can do big things, but we need to capitalise on our attacks and we need to concentrate on our finishing, he said. Manchester United forward Hernandez, nicknamed Chicarito has not scored since last summer for Mexico.