Australia explodes with joy after first World Cup win in 12 years | Australia

The eruption at Federation Square said it all. As far as feedback goes, pyrotechnics at 11pm more than 10,000km away is a decent barometer. “I wish I was there as well,” said Jackson Irvine. The midfielder is a Melbourne boy and a Socceroos fan from way back. As a kid in 2006 he was in Kaiserslautern to witness his country’s first win at a World Cup – that famous 3-1 result against Japan. Four years later he watched the 2-1 defeat of Serbia.

The wait since then has been interminable. It has lasted longer than the decade he has played for the national team. Back in Australia, “the…


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