Daniel Arzani admits he was so overcome by his first international goal he didn't know how to celebrate it.
Arzani was Australia's shining light in a 2-1 win over Hungary on Saturday night, transforming the contest with a superb goal within seconds of coming on.
Picking the ball up on the left flank, the 19-year-old cut in past two defenders before striking a well-hit shot past Denes Dibusz at the far post.
There was a touch of fortune in the goal, which bounced just before the gloveman and sparked Dibusz into an unsuccessful flap for the ball.
The Melbourne City winger said his muted response was because he was surprised to see it go in.
"A little bit shocked that's why I didn't celebrate so much," he said.
"I ran to the opposite corner flag for some reason. I don't know, I was a little bit confused.
"A bit of luck on my side for the goal, I think. It's such a surreal feeling ... Even to play for my country but to get on and score within seconds is absolutely amazing.
"My mum and my dad were in the crowd so it was really special.
"Ecstatic to have got my first international goal and even more so happy for the team, two wins on the trot heading into the World Cup, which is really important."
Arzani's goal confirmed his place on the international stage.
A helping hand in the Socceroos' second showed he belongs on it.
The livewire broke the Hungary defensive line with a superb through-ball that Jackson Irvine ran onto, crossing for Tamas Kadar' decisive own goal.
The Socceroos will gather around Arzani as they make their way to Russia - with their June 16 opener just days away - ensuring he keeps his feet on the ground.
But there's now no denying the hype that has seen Arzani jump from the odd A-League substitute role, to the competition's young player of the year award, to the Socceroos squad.
Could he yet trade his national team super-sub role for a start, either against France or later in the the campaign?
"You never know, it's football," he said.
"I turn up to training each day trying my hardest but at the minute that's the way it's panning out. I just try my best to help out the team in any way that I can.
"I think It's important not to put too much pressure on yourself and just try to enjoy things and that's what I'm going to try and do."