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Australia team FIFA World Cup: Australia hailed Graham Arnold’s new “golden generation” on Thursday and fans demanded a national holiday as the country…

Australia team FIFA World Cup: Australia hailed Graham Arnold’s new “golden generation” on Thursday and fans demanded a national holiday as the country celebrated the Socceroos’ improbable progression to the World Cup knockout stages. Follow FIFA WC LIVE updates with Akashera.IN

Thousands gathered in Melbourne’s Fed Square in the middle of the night to watch Australia’s 1-0 upset of Denmark on a big screen, and were left dancing in the smoky light of flames as the Socceroos set up a last-16 clash against Argentina.

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Arnold’s team matched the team that reached the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but with a squad that lacks the pedigree of the players from 16 years ago who became known as Australia’s. “golden generation”.

Australia team FIFA World Cup: Australia in party mode as Socceroos reach World Cup knockouts

Australia team FIFA World Cup: Australia in party mode as Socceroos reach World Cup knockouts
Australia team FIFA World Cup: Australia in party mode as Socceroos reach World Cup knockouts

“Tell your kids. Tell your loved ones. Tell your mates. Whisper it, shout it, scream it, put it on a T-shirt and wear it to bed. Hard work gets you places,” Australian soccer expert Adam Peacock wrote on the Herald Sun newspaper’s website.

Saudi Arabians enjoyed a national holiday to celebrate upsetting Argentina last week, and a photo of a Socceroos fan holding up a sign read: “Give us a holiday”was widely shared on social media.

“Do I need to ask (Prime Minister) Anthony Albanese again to give the people a day off to celebrate?” Arnold said.

“I think there will be some hangovers (around the country) and some joy in the Australian team.”

The Australian Prime Minister offered his congratulations but left the issue of public holidays unresolved.

“Great win by the @Socceroos #woohoo,” Albanese tweeted shortly after the result.

Veteran winger Mathew Leckie’s goal was declared Australia’s best ever World Cup goal after he failed defender Joakim Maehle and fired low past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

“From now until the end of time it will be referred to as the ‘Leckie goal’,” Dean Bilton wrote for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Two words … when uttered, all the emotions felt in that glorious moment will move back to the surface.”

The Australians will dare to dream of a first World Cup quarter-final, even with Lionel Messi and the power of Argentina in the way.

Australia’s Olympic team shocked Argentina 2-0 at the Tokyo Games last year.

“In fairness, Australia and Argentina have won the same number of FIFA World Cups since 1987,” local journalist Ned Balme tweeted.

“They’re clearly afraid of us.”

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