Australia’s under-20 side scored a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia in Spain.
Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon revealed his delight at their first victory in the COTIF International Tournament after they beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 in L’Alcuida on Thursday.
Substitute Peter Skapetis grabbed a second half brace to add to Christopher Cristaldo’s first half opener as Australia’s under-20 side were finally given reason to celebrate after defeats to Qatar and Mexico in their opening matches.
It was a performance and a result that drew glowing praise from Okon, who credited the players for their efforts during the competition thus far.
“A great effort and performance by the team tonight,” he told Football Australia. “Our aim in this tournament, as a new team having just come together, was to implement our style of play and improve in every match and tonight we did that.
“It is credit to the players that we were able to win this evening and it is due credit to the effort they have put in during the tournament which has been first class.
“We now recover quickly and turn our focus to the match against Spain tomorrow evening which will be another great opportunity for the players to play one of the world’s top football nations.”
The Young Socceroos take on host nation Spain in their final match on Friday.