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Saudi Soccer Team Fails To Acknowledge Minute's Silence For London Terror Victims

Saudi Soccer Team Fails To Acknowledge Minute's Silence For London Terror Victims

But as the Socceroos linked arms and stood in the centre of the pitch, the Saudi team stood in loose groups, or alone, not acknowledging the tribute.

"It's not a team like before, when you can say it's 70-30, with 70 going to Australia".

But the crowd did not ignore it and roared with delight as striker Tomi Juric scored a first-half brace, twice giving the Socceroos the lead.

Australia's opener came in comical fashion as a hashed clearance from Saudi 'keeper Yasser al Mosailem went straight to Juric, who showed presence of mind to apply an excellent finish from outside the box to slot home from distance.

But Juric again gave Australia a lead when he scored his second in the 36th minute.

In the 23rd minute, Salem Al Dawsari clinically finished a rapid give-and-go with teammate Mohammed Al Sahlawi which sliced through Australia.

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History looked to be repeating itself, after Sahlawi equalized right on the stroke of half time.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has some tough decisions to make, with three of his best attacking players-Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo and Tom Rogic-all available after missing their most recent match against the UAE in March. "Not participating in the minutes silence is disgusting", user PG3_12 wrote.

The Socceroos will be desperate for a second successive win after a run of four draws to rein in the Saudis and avoid the precarious playoff route to Russian Federation open to the third-placed team in the group. Its next World Cup qualifier will be away to Japan.

Saudi Arabia has not made an appearance at a World Cup since Germany in 2006, and Japan has a game in hand. He was carried off the field and replaced by Shu Kurata.

"It's a year that I could have only dreamed how well it could have gone at domestic level", he said. Just who he plays will have a major impact on the first goalscorer markets, which are now headed by Jamie Maclaren at $4.50, with Tomi Juric and Tim Cahill both at $5.50. All of Iraq's home qualifiers are being played in neutral countries.


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