Watch: Tom Rogic Thunderbolt Puts Australia Back In World Cup Contention

Watch: Tom Rogic Thunderbolt Puts Australia Back In World Cup Contention

He took the Scottish Cup into his own hands against Aberdeen just a few weeks ago and now Tommy Rogic has put Australia back on a clear path to Russia after a stunning strike to help them beat Saudi Arabia.

Australia went into their tie trailing in third in their qualification group three points behind Saudi Arabia and Japan who occupied the automatic qualification spots.

Nothing other than a win would have done for the Aussies today and that's exactly what they did, but it wasn't without a few scares.

After Tommy Juric gave Australia the lead on two different occasions the Saudis equalised both times leaving the score at 2-2 with 25 minutes to play in Adelaide. After slumping to draws against Iraq and Thailand earlier in the campaign there was a feeling around the stadium that this could be another one of those days.


The Asian group pools are coming down to their climaxes and this was the third last game meaning Australia really needed a win to put themselves back in the mix. With that 25 minutes remaining, Rogic picked up the ball outside the box and unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner.

Australia still have two games to go against Japan and Thailand.

Japan and Saudi Arabia also still have to play each other meaning they will have the opportunity to catch whichever (or both) of them when they inevitably drop points.


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Gavin O'Callaghan

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