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Our man in Qatar: The final blog

“I just hope everyone back in Australia really respects what we've done and are very proud of us as well. We took it to them … we had a great chance at the end to equalise.

I've got to be very proud of the boys, I'm so grateful for the effort they put in for me” said coach Graham Arnold.

One shot on goal, a big deflection and a goal – you make your own luck

Argentina’s grip on victory was slender - it took an exceptional tackle by Martínez, to thwart Aziz Behich after a fantastic run by the full back and a fine save by keeper Emi Martínez to deny 18-year-old substitute Garang Kuol an equaliser in the last seconds.

We bowed out with pride. Not good enough to beat the World’s best but plenty good enough to give our game a real boost at home.


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