World Cup: an important victory for Australia
BETTING À DAY
The Australians somehow surprised the Tunisians by snatching a rare 1-0 win to stay strong in Group D of the Qatar Soccer World Cup on Saturday in Al-Wakrah .
This is only the third victory for the Socceroos at the World Cup and the first in 12 years. Over this period, Australia had managed only one draw in seven games.
“I'm just extremely proud of the guys. They showed the incredible Australian fighting spirit. I feel that we have made the country proud. Recently, we played against the world champions with the same level of effort”, indicated in a press briefing after the meeting the coach Graham Arnold.
The Australians had logically been defeated 4 to 1 by France on Tuesday, but they were the first to score anyway. Against the “Carthage Eagles”, it was the central hinge and defender Harry Souttar in particular who repelled the opposing attacks.
Mitchell Duke scored in the 23rd minute by redirecting a ball with a header donated by Craig Goodwin, and Australia never looked back.
In the Tunisian camp, we could afford to believe in a first qualification for the eliminatory phase. The 0-0 draw against Denmark had filled head coach Jalel Kadri's squad with hope.
They managed four shots on target at the goal defended by Mathew Ryan, but none were missed. was able to deceive the vigilance of the veteran. Youssef Msakni even attempted six shots in all, a Tunisia record in the World Cup.
It should be rather difficult for the African country to secure their qualification for the next round as they will face the French in their final duel of the group stage.
With three points on the clock, the Australians will not have to lose against Denmark. Arnold believes his troops have what it takes.
“Now we move on. Yes, we have achieved one thing, but it is nothing, there is still more to do,” he said.
“If the skeptics hate us, come along.”< /p>