It was well worth the effort to stay up for the game and witness another historic moment for Australian soccer.
This morning’s (23 June) game was a pulsating affair from which Australia eventually emerged the victor – barely. Needing a draw going into the decisive match (a win is required from Croatia for them to remain in the World Cup) for Australia to proceed to the Round of 16 (first time ever!), it was a emotionally charged, see-saw affair which saw firstly Croatia leading, then Australia equalising, then Croatia scoring after a costly error from the Australian keeper. Then came the final equaliser when all four Australian forwards (of the 5 in the side) were thrown into the attack. In due course, Australia was rewarded for their “big heart”. Go Aussies!