Tonight, the Australia have been crowned the champion of Asia after a thrilling 2-1 win against South Korea in tonight’s Asian Cup final.
An extra time strike by James Troisi proved the difference as the home team delivered a performance a whole nation can be proud of.
“It has to be our biggest achievement, we won a trophy,” former Socceroo John Aloisi said.
Massimo Luongo — who was named player of the tournament — further enhanced his reputation as a man to carry the national team into the post-Tim Cahill era by scoring the opening goal. South Korea spoiled the party by equalising in second half injury time, but Australia bounced back in extra time.
“I’m no good for words right now, I’m just super proud of ‘everyone … I couldn’t be happier,” Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said.
The courage the players showed tonight was enormous.
I knew we’d finish stronger. We pride ourselves on being fit
… it was just a matter of taking our chances and we did it.”
Postecoglou was thrilled with what the victory could do for the game in Australia. “I know the whole country will be off their couches and won’t be able to sleep tonight,” he said. “Hopefully from now on our Aussies can take on the world.”
The only negative on a banner night for the world game Down Under was what appeared to be another serious injury to Robbie Kruse.