There were incredible scenes across Australia as fans gathered in their thousands to cheer on the Socceroos in their World Cup blockbuster against Argentina.
After Melbourne’s Fed Square went viral during each Australian match in the group stage, the Socceroos’ first knockout appearance since 2006 saw many more live sites set up around the country – and fans showed up big time for Sunday’s match.
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Fed Square remained the stage for some of the most chaotic and wondrous antics, with fans being turned away an hour before kick-off – and multiple flares being set off.
Legends were also in attendance at events around the country, with Australia’s first-ever World Cup (1974) coach Rale Rasic joining Socceroos great Alex Tobin to host the live site in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. 10,000 fans were expected to attend the Sydney event.