Couldn't really be blamed for either goal. Was beaten to his right hand side for the first, while couldn't have been expected to get to second. Did pull off a good late save. Solid.
Filling in central midfield, worked tirelessly, was found out on a couple of occasions, and was defensively culpable for both goals.
Had some nervy moments, particularly early in the game, when he could have conceded a penalty for handball. Decent return and added something going forward down the right.
For such a big man, was conspicuous by his absence. Didn't have a major say in the game, and like Neill, had to be marked down by the fact the Saudis scored two goals.
Did struggle to look at home in the left back role. However, must be noted he did play a role in the third goal, playing in Emerton down the right. He also delivered the cross for the Neill 'non-goal'.
Another solid game and he went close to breaking his international goal drought in his 80th cap. The skipper was his usual strong self, although conceding twice wasn't ideal.
An excellent return to the Socceroos fold. He showed individual pieces of class. Has probably lost a yard of pace, by there is no doubt, Holger Osieck will feel he can use him in that attacking midfield role in the final stage of qualification.
Not a vintage performance by Emerton, who was caught out a few times in the first half, but built as the match went on and played a huge role in the comeback, with a goal and assist.
At his brilliant best in a role both as a striker and wide on the left. A constant menace around goal, and was rewarded with the equaliser on 73 minutes after countless near misses.
Two goals and an assist was an excellent return and his striker's instinct remains very sharp. They were both expertly taken. Osieck has shown a lot of faith in him, and that appears to paying off.
There were aspects of his play which were very good and he linked up well with Kewell and Bresciano. Showed enough in his 60 minutes on the park.
Relatively safe hands on a wet night and little he could do for all four goals. Might have done better with Neill's disallowed goal, but linesman bailed him out. Mostly solid.
Hassan Muath Fallatah
Put a teasing ball into the area that Al Shamrani failed to convert when the match was evenly poised, a moment that could have swung the outcome in the way of his team.
- Abdullah Al Zoari
Started well, with plenty of possession and aerial dominance but faded as the game wore on and Australia bossed the game more. Needed to stamp his authority as the game slipped.
Ahmed Al Fraidi
Hard-working and industrious throughout the contest before being replaced on 66 minutes.
Taisir Al Jassim
His influence on the game was inconsistent as he tried to get forward to support Al Shamrani.
One of his side's better players with a solid and tough tackling display in the centre of the park where he shielded his central defenders. However caught out tactically as it all went wrong.
Salem Al Dawsari
Produced a moment of absolute brilliance for his 19th-minute opener and showed off his skills on numerous occasions. In and out of the game.
Mohammad Al Shalhoub
The diminutive midfielder buzzed around during his 79 minutes on the pitch, producing some sharp passes in tight spaces, but not much end result.
Nasser Al Shamrani
Netted a thumping goal to put his side back in front, but in the end his efforts were to prove in vain as Australia gained the ascendancy in the second period.
- M. Ryan
- M. Thwaite
- M. Marrone
Only spent 10 minutes on the park and there will be still plenty of people who don't believe he has done enough to remain a serious contender for the squad.
- E. Paartalu
- A. Sarota
Only spent a few minutes on the park and missed a chance to score a goal. Remains an unknown quantity at this level.
There are plenty who think Thompson's Socceroos days have passed him by, but this was an encouraging half hour. Got himself involved in the important second goal. Lively.