Daniel Arzani has scored his first international goal to help the Socceroos to their first win in their final World Cup warm-up match.
The 19-year-old Melbourne City star came off the bench in 73rd minute and took just 67 seconds to score the opener before setting up another goal as Australia beat Hungary 2-1 in Budapest on Sunday.
Arzani cut inside and unleashed a strike that caught everyone off guard, particularly RP Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi, who should’ve done better.
But then a mix-up led to an own goal and Hungary equaliser leaving Bert van Marwijk fuming, but Arzani and fellow sub Jackson Irvine combined for a stoppage time winner.
At the start of 2018 Arzani was yet to make his starting Hyundai A-League debut for Melbourne but quickly established himself over the following weeks to now be looking at being the youngest player in the World Cup in Russia, with a possible starting spot against France on June 16.
Australia international Robbie Slater is convinced he deserves a place in the starting XI.
“What a cameo. That was just absolutely brilliant from the youngster who came off the bench and made the game his own,” Slater said on Fox Sports.
“In the end you’re thinking give it to Arzani. Did he lose the ball?
“And some of the touches, he showed confidence, no fear and he showed quality.
Highly experienced Van Marwijk, a 20-year senior coach who helped launch the career of now-assistant Mark van Bommel, will no doubt be figuring out the most effective way to utilise the youngsters talents without putting too much expectation on him.
“The million dollar question here is how best to use him without putting too much expectation on him,” ex-Caltex Socceroos skipper Paul Okon posed.