The Socceroos have beaten Saudi Arabia 3-2 in London for their first win in five matches, but it was a game full of errors and close calls.
Despite an early lead, scoring 2 goals against their opposition in the first six minutes, the Socceroos spent the rest of the game losing.
The Socceroos coach, Ange Postecoglou, said his team had a “scrappy” second half with poor ball control.
“In the end we had to fight hard for something that should have been a bit easier,” said Postecoglou after the game.
In the 69th minute Saudi’s player Yasir Alsharan scored off a penalty and then again after Socceroos debut Bailey Wright scored off a header.
The friendly was part of the team’s preparation in the lead up to January’s AFC Asian Cup, after losing to Belgium 2-0 in another friendly on Tuesday. It was the Socceroos fifth straight loss.
The Socceroos have been pooled in Group A for the Asian Cup, where their first game will be against Kuwait on January 9th.
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