Socceroo Luongo's star continues to rise

Steve Larkin

Two man of the match gongs and an Asian Cup final to come - even rising Socceroo Massimo Luongo says he's surprised.

Luongo's stunning ascension from fringe to frontline continued in Australia's 2-0 semi-final triumph against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday night.

The creative midfielder was awarded the man-of-the-match award, his second of the cup following his acclaimed display in the tournament opener.

Asked if he was surprised by his achievements, the 22-year-old who plays with Swindon Town in England's third tier replied: "A little bit, a little bit.

"I know within myself what I'm capable of," he said.

"To be fair, it has only been tested at (English) League One level, so to bring it out on the big stage like this is a little bit surprising.

"But I feel like that I'm getting away with a lot. Maybe I should be believing in myself a little bit more.

"And maybe I can do a little bit more in the next game."