Harry Kewell moment sends football fans into frenzy during Socceroos win

Harry Kewell, pictured here making his commentary debut at the World Cup on SBS.
Harry Kewell is making his commentary debut at the World Cup on SBS. Image: SBS

Harry Kewell's commentary has proven to be a huge talking point at the World Cup in Qatar, and that trend continued in a hilarious moment during the Socceroos' victory on Saturday night. Australia produced just their third victory ever at the World Cup as Mitch Duke's header in the 23rd minute proved the difference.

However the Socceroos came within inches of making it 2-0 when Matthew Leckie couldn't quite latch onto a brilliant cross from Jamie Maclaren in the 71st minute. Maclaren went on a brilliant run down the wing before centring the ball for Leckie, who dived forward but narrowly missed out on slotting the ball into an empty net.

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Kewell, who has impressed fans with his commentary on debut in the box in Qatar, then went viral with his hilarious reaction to the near-miss. The Socceroos legend couldn't believe how close the Aussies had come to a second goal and let out an exasperated whine that sounded rather X-rated.

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Fans flocked to social media in hysterics at the noise that Kewell had made. Many were left unable to describe the brilliant sound, while others said it was pretty relatable considering the close call.

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Kewell is making his commentary debut for SBS at the World Cup. Fans are loving his raw and real reactions to the action on the pitch, with many noting that he just sounds like he's watching the games at the pub.

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Graham Arnold calls for calm after Socceroos victory

The Socceroos are now second in their group on three points, with France well clear on six and already qualified for the knockout stage. Denmark and Tunisia are trailing on one point each.

A win or draw for the Socceroos against Denmark on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT) would see them become just the second Australian side to make it out of the group stage after the famous 2006 side. However a loss would see Denmark advance at the Socceroos' expense.

"It's a moment they'll remember for the rest of their lives," Graham Arnold said about his players. "I just want them to enjoy. That is what I said to the boys before the game: let's put a smile on the nation's face.

"There's one or two teams that bring the nation together and that's the Socceroos and the Matildas. When the Socceroos play at the World Cups, AFL fans, rugby league fans, they will become football fans.

"I can imagine the celebrations going on back home ... there will be a few hangovers in the morning."

Graham Arnold, pictured here celebrating with his players after the Socceroos' win over Tunisia at the World Cup.
Graham Arnold celebrates with his players after the Socceroos' win over Tunisia at the World Cup. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

However Arnold stressed that the Socceroos haven't achieved anything yet. He even went to the length of telling his players he didn't want to see anyone celebrating.

"When I got the boys in a circle after the game, I told them: 'I'm very proud but we have achieved nothing at the moment'," he said. "We can talk after about a win that hasn't been done for 12 years, but we're here to go as far as we can go.

"That one game is done and I don't want any notion from the players. I don't want them sitting up all night looking at social media and all that stuff. It's about sleeping well, recovering well and getting the mindset ready for Denmark."

Skipper Mat Ryan, who became just the third Socceroo after Mark Viduka (2006) and Lucas Neill (2010) to captain Australia to a win at the World Cup, echoed Arnold's sentiments. "We are by no means satisfied with where we're at," he said. "It's a great feat what we have done but we're hungry for more."

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