Australia national team have secured a precious 3-2 victory against Saudi Arabia in the 2018 World Cup qualification, with Tomi Juric scoring a brace and Tom Rogic delivering the winner.
FC Luzern’s Tomi Juric twice put Australia ahead in the first half, only for the Saudis to equalize before Rogic’s thunderbolt sealed an all-important victory for the Socceroos.
The victory put Australia level on points with Saudi Arabia and Japan – who still have a game to play – with just two group games remaining.
The Socceroos will take on Japan and Thailand on August 31 and September 5, respectively.
The match was marred by an incident in which Saudi Arabia national team failed to observe a minute of silence held before the match as a tribute to two Australian killed in a terrorist attack in London last week.
The Saudi Arabia Football Federation had issued an apology for the behaviors of the national team’s players, saying that they “did not intend to disrespect to the memories of the victims”.
The Football Federation Australia had also sought to explain the actions of the Saudis, saying that observing a minute of silence was “not a part of Saudi’s culture”.