Despite obvious improvement and much-lauded pluck, captain Mile Jedinak says Australia's World Cup campaign will be a failure if they don't reach the knockout phase.
But Jedinak is refusing to overly dwell on the thought of not advancing from the group ahead of Tuesday's defining fixture against Peru.
The Australians must beat Peru, and France defeat Denmark, to have any hope of progressing into the round of 16.
If those results eventuate, Australia would be level on points with the Danes, with goal difference, then disciplinary records, to decide which nation advances.
Should the nations still be level, a drawing of lots will be the decider.
Asked if he would consider the Socceroos campaign a failure if they don't advance, Jedinak said: "Yeah, I guess."
"It's a bit hard to judge (as) everyone is trying to focus on the game," he told reporters in Kazan on Sunday.
"We all know what is at stake."
Jedinak said the Australians can't afford to focus on the what ifs surrounding Tuesday's games - the French take on Denmark at the same time as Australia's fixture with Peru.
He was uncertain whether Socceroos players would be updated during their match on the events of the France-Denmark match.
"I don't know how it's going to work, we haven't really touched on it too much," he said.
"First and foremost it has to be about putting in a performance and getting the result we want, three points.
"For us as players ... you have got a whole lot to concentrate on in your game without having to worry about everything else.
"I don't know in the latter stages whether that will be relevant or not."
The Socceroos held their final training session in Kazan on Sunday before flying to Sochi with Jedinak heartened by the improvement in their performances - a 2-1 loss to France and 1-1 draw with Denmark.
And he dismissed suggestions the Peruvians, who have no chance of getting out of the group, would take a low-key approach to Tuesday's game.
"I have no doubt that they're going to give it a go," he said.
"Peru hasn't been here for a very long time on this stage so to think that they're just going to turn up and not care about the game or be disillusioned I think is wrong.
"We are expecting a very, very tough game and one that I know that they're going to want to win."