“It’s in all probability certainly one of my biggest profession achievements thus far, it’s my first Asian Cup, so I’m completely delighted.”
Australia coach Graham Arnold says his aspect confirmed nice character to return from behind.
“It [conceding] took the arrogance out of the group for a superb 10 minutes or so, however I assumed after that, particularly second half, we performed very properly and will have gained by extra,” he mentioned.
“We’ve got solely been collectively as a group for a brief time frame and the 23 gamers that we’ve with us have come collectively, and whereas they do not know one another completely you possibly can see the advance in each recreation.”
Arnold admitted his aspect might have had extra persistence on the ball, which can have helped their endurance ranges within the sizzling and steamy situations.
“The situations are very taxing and little doubt there might be extra modifications for the Bahrain recreation in order that we are able to get contemporary legs on and preserve working onerous,” he mentioned.
In a touching gesture earlier than the match and contained in the stadium, Thai followers unfurled banners exhibiting their assist for Australia in the course of the nation’s bushfire disaster.
Australia now sit atop Group A with 4 factors after their opening draw with Iraq.
Thailand are second on three factors, Iraq are third with two and Bahrain have a single level.
The Olyroos face Bahrain on Tuesday.
The highest two groups from the 4 teams will advance to the quarter-finals, with the Olyroos aiming for Olympic qualification for the primary time since 2008.
The AFC U-23 Championship’s prime three groups – the 2 finalists and the third-place play-off winner – will be a part of Video games hosts Japan at Tokyo 2020.