Australia forward Awer Mabil dedicated his vital goal against Syria to coach Graham Arnold, after the 3-2 win that put the Socceroos into Asian Cup round of 16.
The FC Midtjylland striker fired in a superb curling effort from outside the box to give Arnold's side the lead in Al Ain.
It was his fourth in his first seven internationals, and he says he feels thrilled to be a part of an exciting squad under Arnold.
Speaking of his goal, Mabil said: "It was really nice, it means a lot. [Arnold] has given me a chance to help my country and it's a chance I'll always be thankful for."
The 23-year-old said he had dedicated his first Socceroos goal, in the friendly win over Kuwait in October, to the coach and was happy to be able to do so again on the big stage.
He raced over to the bench to celebrate with Arnold and the coaching staff after netting late in the first half.
"Today it was good to get an official goal and dedicate it to him to say thank you for the opportunity," he added. "There's always a pride to represent my country, and also be part of this group.
"The philosophy suits everybody and brings out the best in everybody. You can see in the last two games that we're carrying a good momentum; we still have a lot to give."
Mabil hadn't represented the Socceroos until Arnold took over as coach following last year's World Cup.
The former Adelaide United player got on the scoresheet on his debut against Kuwait after coming on as a substitute in the 4-0 victory, and now has three goals in the last four games.
Meanwhile, Adelaide United are 14/1 to win the A-League Grand Final.
The Reds are 13/10 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 19/10 with the draw 5/2.
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