Socceroos fans go CRAZY after Mitch Duke’s impressive header as thousands of supporters flock to Federation Square to support Australia in the HUGE World Cup clash against Tunisia
There may be a sea of red at Al-Janoub Stadium in Doha, but Socceroos fans are throwing their support behind their team more than 12,000km away in Melbourne.
Graham Arnold’s side face Tunisia in a decisive clash in Doha, with anything but a win making qualification for the round of 16 highly unlikely for the Australians.
Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah is awash with Tunisian fans in a partisan atmosphere for Saturday night’s match, yet while Australia fans may not be there in person, they are still very supportive of their team.
Thousands of fans flocked to Federation Square in Melbourne to watch the match on the big screen, with some fans throwing flares and jumping around in a party atmosphere.
And the fans went wild when Mitch Duke scored his incredible header in the first half, sending a wave of supporters jumping up and down and hugging each other in incredible scenes on Saturday night.
Australia fans went wild after Mitch Duke’s stunning header against the Tunisians
Another positive result against Denmark and the Australians could follow the feat of the legendary golden generation of 2006 by coming out of the group stage.
“(I’m) enormously proud of the guys,” coach Graham Arnold said delightedly.
“They showed that great Aussie fighting spirit tonight. We were in their faces the whole time. I just hope they made the nation proud.
‘The level of effort was incredible. Again, when the skeptics hate us, bring it on.’
The win over Tunisia was Australia’s first in a dozen years, since they beat Serbia in 2010. The Socceroos also beat Japan in 2006.
And the oft-maligned duke became the eighth Socceroo to score in the World Cup.
His goal came from a sizzling move, with Australia sending goalkeeper Mat Ryan’s ball into the net in just 15 seconds.
Ryan made a short pass to the influential Harry Souttar, whose laser-like delivery set off the attack.
From within his own box, Souttar found Duke just inside the halfway line and, with a shrewd move, the forward played on Riley McGree.
Thousands of fans flocked to Federation Square to watch the game on Saturday night.
McGree fed Craig Goodwin, charging down the left flank, and the Adelaide United man struck a low ball that deflected off Tunisia defender Mohamed Drager, a bounce, and skimmed past Duke.
The Socceroos striker denied how difficult it was to head sideways into the net.
‘Speechless. When the ball hits the net, it’s the best moment of my life and my football career”, said the Duke goalscorer after the game.
I’m going to start crying because it’s a great moment.
“It’s the best feeling in the world, but I’m trying not to get too caught up because the job isn’t done yet, we have one more game to win to get out of the group.”
‘Honestly, I’m going to go to war with these guys.’