Socceroos Shooting Clinic Against Saudi Arabia

Australia's second half puts away Saudi Arabia

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Against Saudi Arabia at Melbourne’s AAMI Stadium, the Socceroos eliminated Saudi Arabia from the World Cup qualifiers.

A thrilling second half saw the Aussies come from behind and hammer more than a few nails into the coffin their opponent’s qualification dreams, winning 4-2.

24,000 fans turned out only to see the Saudis score the opening goal in the 19th minute courtesy of Salem Mohammad al-Dawsari.

Alex Brosque responded at the half approached with a 43rd minute goal for the home side, but Australia let in an injury-time goal before they could escape back to the locker room.

It didn’t matter. In the 73rd minute, veteran Harry Kewell snuck behind the defense and scored a goal from a Brosque pass, beginning a period of offensive brilliant for Australia.

Brosque converted his second two minutes later and Brett Emerton found the back of the net just sixty seconds after that.

Australia struggled with the tight Saudi defense in the first half and their best opportunity was disallowed as a Harry Kewell was deemed to be off-side after he struck home a goal in the third minute.

Mark Bresciano delivered two wonderful passes that led to goals and Australia found themselves with all the momentum in the second half when they made a concentrated effort to dominate the ball.

Captain Lucas Neill also had a goal disallowed for being off-side. It would have been his first in Australian colours in 80 appearances.