Saudi football team slammed for refusing minute's silence for London victims

Aussie coach Arthur Papas gives his insights into Saudi Arabia ahead of Thursday’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Adelaide

Two Australians were killed in Saturday night's horrific attack on London Bridge - Sara Zelenak and Kristy Boden.

The Socceroos have beaten Saudi Arabia 3-2 in Adelaide to keep its World Cup 2018 qualifying hopes alive.

As you can see, some players stood with their arms behind their backs while others continued with their training routine.

Pressing stopped and the Saudi's exposed Australia's loose defense.

Australia attacked relentlessly in the second half and were rewarded with Rogic's moment of magic.

The Australian football federation (FFA) said after the match that the Saudis both knew about and agreed to the plan to hold a minute's silence but declined to participate in the manner traditional at football games.

One supporter tweeted: "Minutes silence for London terror, Saudi players wandering around like they don't give a ***, Saudi fans shouting the whole time #AUSvKSA".

Juric's opening goal, in the seventh minute, was gifted by Saudi 'keeper Yasser Al Mosailem - he slipped when trying to put the ball back in play.

Moments of silence are not used to show sadness and respect in Muslim Saudi culture with prayer or charity donations preferred.

They were only level for 13 minutes as Australia struck again, Juric restoring their lead with a precise header into the far corner from eight yards after Mathew Leckie's superb run and cross down the right created the opportunity.

One of those victims was a hometown girl, Adelaide nurse Kirsty Boden, who was killed by Islamist terrorists as she tried to help the wounded.

With three group games remaining, the Saudis could be content with gaining another point from a draw with the Socceroos.

After a home game against the Saudis on Thursday, Australia will play a friendly against Brazil to prepare for the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

"And normally, we also travel a week or more before the game to the country we play because, in this case, there's a time difference of six-and-a-half hours and there's a different climate".

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