Socceroos stars thank ‘amazing’ fans after epic scenes in Federation Square for the side’s win over Tunisia: ‘It’s too special to even put into words’
As the Socceroos prepare to make history at the World Cup in Qatar, a few players have taken a moment to acknowledge the support that are getting 12,000kms away in Australia.
Graham Arnold’s side’s extraordinary 1-0 victory over Tunisia has kept Australia’s World Cup dream alive and set up the chance of a first knockout stage appearance since 2006.
As the Socceroos prepare to make history at the World Cup in Qatar, a few players have taken a moment to acknowledge the support that are getting 12,000kms away in Australia
Australia fans went wild after Mitch Duke’s stunning headed goal against the Tunisians
The Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah was flooded with with Tunisia fans in a partisan atmosphere during Saturday night’s contest, however while Australia fans may not be there in person, they were still very much backing their team.
Thousands of supporters packed into Federation Square in Melbourne to watch the game on the big screen, with some supporters letting off flares and jumping around in a party atmosphere.
And fans went berserk when Mitch Duke scored his incredible header in the first half, with a wave of supporters bouncing up and down and hugging in unbelievable scenes that have since gone viral around the world.
Aaron Mooy, who was outstanding for the Aussies, was shown a video of the reaction in Melbourne and smiled immediately.
‘Amazing,’ he said. ‘Just buzzing for everyone. [That] makes me happy.
‘That’s the beauty of playing for the national team at a World Cup.’
Riley McGree was also blown away when he saw the footage after the game.
‘We hope we did them proud tonight,’ McGree said. ‘Every time we step out on the pitch we want to show them what we are about, we are a footballing country and to put our mark on the world.’
Fellow midfielder Jackson Irvine (pictured left) was so impressed by the scenes back home that he wished he could be a part of the celebration
Fellow midfielder Jackson Irvine was so impressed by the scenes that he wished he could be a part of the celebrations back home.
‘Jesus Christ,’ Irvine said when he saw the footage.
‘I wish I could do both (play and watch). That just looks absolutely incredible and I hope every single one of them has got tonight as a moment they all remember for the rest of their lives.
‘I’ve been a part of those kinds of moments before as a fan and the fact that we’ve created that for somebody else is just, it’s too special to even put into words.’
Socceroo Riley McGree (pictured) said he hopes the team did the fans back home proud
It’s safe to say that even more Socceroos fans will be tuning in to watch Australia’s crucial final group stage game against Denmark on Thursday.
Australia is guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 if it can beat Denmark – and if they draw can still progress if France beats Tunisia.