Nothing says friendly like own goals and the Socceroos and Hungary were apparently so well disposed toward each other that both lent assists to the other by scoring for the opposition.
It seemed as though only Daniel Arzani, the tender 19-year-old Melbourne City striker had the proper concept.
Arzani put the Socceroos out in front in the 74 minute, only to see Trent Sainsbury bury one in the Socceroos’’ goal that looked as though it would salvage a draw for Hungary.
It was Arzani’s debut international goal and it led to the inevitable calls for him to be given the start when Australia meets France on the pitch of Kazan Stadium in Russia when the two sides inaugurate their 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals campaigns.
Jackson Irvine’s cross into the legs of Hungary captain Tamas Kadar trickled home past Hungary keeper Denes Dibusz and sealed the victory for Australia.
Arzani scored from long range, not quite downtown Budapest, but from 22 metres, which was apparently laser enough to catch Dibusz with his attention focused elsewhere.
Arzani made his goal within a minute of being sent in by Bert van Marwijk and while he might not get the start against France, it would seem that in a game where scoring is at a premium, a player who can conjure lightning in under a minute would be a valuable commodity, despite naysayers who say that Arzani is too young and too inexperienced to be entrusted with such a heavy responsibility.
Van Marwijk started the same 11 that was so convincing against the Czech Republic in a 4 – 0 warm-up, but the Socceroos did not experience nearly as easy a time of it with Hungary.
Irvine’s decider came in the 92nd minute and supplied every player, coach, trainer, supporter and the populace of Australia to heave a collective sigh of relief, and if more keeping similar to Dibusz’s should happen to fall the way of the Socceroos, anything is possible.