Socceroos legends congratulate Australia on their fight against Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar

The Socceroos legends have praised the Australian players for their ‘bravest performance ever’ despite losing 2-1 to Argentina in the Round of 16 on Sunday morning.

A last chance at rising star Garang Kuol with just 15 seconds left nearly snatched a draw in normal times for the Socceroos, but it will instead be world number one. 3 who will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Either way, SBS commentators and former legends Craig Foster and Mark Boschich were full of praise for their compatriots.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s the bravest Socceroos performance I’ve ever seen. It was outstanding,’ Bosnich said during the post-match coverage.

The Socceroos players were inconsolable after heading to Argentina on Sunday morning – but former legends say the team should be incredibly proud after their ‘braveest performance’ ever

An early goal from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was followed by a goalkeeper howl from Australian skipper Mat Ryan; offer Julian Alvarez the easiest goal.

The Socceroos continued to press, however, despite Argentina dominating possession, with Craig Goodwin reducing the deficit to one.

In the end, however, despite the dogged determination of the Australian players, there was one man who made the difference in the game: Messi.

“He (Messi) was the difference. One of the greatest players in the history of the game,” Foster said.

“They (Socceroos) came out against them in the second half, being behind and behind 2-0 is really hard to come back, (but) they pushed and pushed and pushed.

Harry Souttar was once again a tour de force in defense, while Kye Rowles, Aaron Mooy and the tireless Jackson Irvine left absolutely everything in the paddock despite their superstar opponents’ lack of polish.

A picture is worth 1000 words: a devastated Jackson Irvine sits on the grass with his face covered after the loss.  The midfielder also broke down after the game

A picture is worth 1000 words: a devastated Jackson Irvine sits on the grass with his face covered after the loss. The midfielder also broke down after the game

Bosnich echoed Foster’s sentiments, praising the team’s effort after falling after goals from Messi and Alvarez.

“They (Australia) not only stayed in the fight, but put Argentina under so much pressure… you can tell the relief, I can see it on the faces of the (Argentina) players, they know how much they have been pushed,” he said.

“They would have thought 2-0, we are sailing. But one thing that Graham Arnold has, in my opinion, above anything he’s instilled in this team is self-confidence and the confidence that they’re going to stay in the fight no matter what. .

“At the end of the day, it was a piece of genius and an unfortunate mistake, otherwise we’d be sitting here talking about extra time. Phenomenal. So, so proud,” Boschich said.

Even the most ardent Socceroos supporters wouldn’t have expected Australia to score a point, let alone progress from a group that included defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia.

Graham Arnold (centre) consoles emotional players Harry Souttar (left) and Kye Rowles (right) after the game

Graham Arnold (centre) consoles emotional players Harry Souttar (left) and Kye Rowles (right) after the game

Aziz Behich (left) and reserve goalkeeper Danny Vukovic (right) were shot dead after descending in Argentina

Aziz Behich (left) and reserve goalkeeper Danny Vukovic (right) were shot dead after descending in Argentina

All the teams placed much higher than the Socceroos, but the team managed to beat the bottom two and qualify for the Round of 16 as ranked underdogs.

While the players, who were visibly distraught after the game, won’t be feeling particularly elated over their phenomenal achievement at this time; Bosnich said what they did was endear themselves to a new generation of footballers Down Under.

“At that time, they won’t feel that way. But on reflection, it’s an exceptional tournament,” he said.

“They can really feel like they’ve inspired a new generation, like those in 2006 (World Cup football) maybe inspired them when they were young.”

“They’ve done so well and (I’m) very, very proud of them. They should be proud too,” said the former Australian goalkeeper.

Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Boschich believes the team have now inspired a whole new generation of players with their incredible achievement at the World Cup.

Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Boschich believes the team have now inspired a whole new generation of players with their incredible achievement at the World Cup.

A look at the scenes on live viewing sites across the country would confirm this.

AAMI Park and Federation Square in Melbourne were packed, with dozens of fans of all ages dressed in green and gold to cheer on the boys home.

Supporters threw flares throughout the game as they watched outside Adelaide Oval on the stadium’s big screen on the bank of the River Torrens, while Sydney’s last-minute view of Darling Harbor was filled to the brim.

And these are just a few of the viewing sites across the country that people have flocked to following a huge wave of public sentiment towards ‘Our’ Socceroos; with people hanging on to every dribble, every kick and every header.

Socceroos legend Craig Foster said he was very proud of the fight the Australian players showed against Argentina

Socceroos legend Craig Foster said he was very proud of the fight the Australian players showed against Argentina

“At the end of the day, it’s a standing ovation for these boys. For everyone, it’s been an outstanding tournament in almost every way,” Foster said.

“We have so much to learn from this, and so we will reflect after the tournament…and how we build going forward.

“At the moment, the greatest possible compliments to everyone on this bench, to everyone on the pitch, to this whole group; what you did, you pushed potential world champions here and two former champions, and one of the greatest players in the world, you pushed them to the limit.

“And that’s what we expect of you. This is what we expect from Australia. And everyone across the country is watching on every live venue, everywhere, when that ball came in from Craig Goodwin and they knew this team believed, that’s a moment we’ll cherish for a long time,’ Foster said. , who had been a big fan of the Federation Square venue in particular, praising the incredible atmosphere during the tournament.

More than 8,000 people gathered in Federation Square in Melbourne to watch the Socceroos take on Argentina on Sunday morning

More than 8,000 people gathered in Federation Square in Melbourne to watch the Socceroos take on Argentina on Sunday morning

Fans fire continuous flares throughout the game, unleashing epic scenes and incredible photos

Fans fire continuous flares throughout the game, unleashing epic scenes and incredible photos

Socceroos fans were glued to the big screen in Federation Square throughout the game

Socceroos fans were glued to the big screen in Federation Square throughout the match

Fans gathered in Tumbalong Park in Sydney's Darling Harbour, a last-minute venue after New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet refused to have one for the remainder of the tournament.

Fans gathered in Tumbalong Park in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, a last-minute venue after New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet refused to have one for the remainder of the tournament.

For now, many Socceroos will return to Australia and restart their A-League seasons, which are due to resume next Friday.

If they can attract even half the crowds and atmosphere of live venues, that will be fantastic for Aussie Rules football.

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