How Arnie’s Olyroos rocked Argentina

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Olyroos coach Graham Arnold had stated that his team was ready to shock the world at the Olympics. One game over and mission already accomplished.

The Australians stunned Argentina 2-0 in Sapporo on Thursday night to top a group made up of Spain and Egypt, who tied their opener.

Anrnold had also said his side was ready to deliver something special and Melbourne City’s Marco Tilio did so with the second goal after Lachie Wales scored a first half and Argentina fell to 10 men.

Tilio, a late call-up who took a Melbourne City employee to break into his home to retrieve his passport while locked up in Sydney, scored with just his second goal for the team, giving him a stunning attack. brought in.

Marcos Tilio celebrates the Olyroos’ second place against Argentina.

“We have always believed in what we wanted to achieve,” said Wales. “We got here early and had a really good training camp. We believed in Arnie’s philosophy. We used words like ‘believe it, receive it’ and it’s a dream come true.

“It’s a big moment in Australian football. Tonight we shocked the world. On to Spain and hopefully we can shock the world again.”

Wales praised his team-mates, who were outstanding throughout the park, including centre-back and captain Thomas Deng, a refugee born in Kenya who has gone on to lead his adopted country at the Olympics.

The Aussie under-23 squad was more than worthy of the win, aided by the red card to Francisco Ortega by two yellows in two minutes just before halftime.

While Wales’s goal in the first half was against the flow – they had less than 40 per cent possession everywhere – Australia was more restrained and in control in the second half and could have scored more than Titlio’s sublime on the run, first time finish, with Mitch Duke missing a late chance.

In the first half, Riley McGree came close to a stunning cycling goal and fired just over from far in the second after butchering a chance for a second with Wales.

Neither goal scorer was in the first roster for Tokyo.

Tilio had not been involved in any of the qualifying rounds and was only given a late call up due to Ramy Najjarine’s injury.

Wales was left out but added when Olympic squad sizes expanded last week in response to COVID positives.

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