The Serie A legend that inspired D'Arrigo's Asian Cup celebration

After breaking Australia's duck at the AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 in spectacular fashion, Louis D'Arrigo revealed the meaning behind a part of his passionate celebration.  

The Adelaide United midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the area and impressively curled it home into the bottom corner, sparking jubilant scenes amongst the Australian squad in Qarshi on Wednesday. 

"The ball came out and my touch was a bit to my left, I heard two or three of boys saying 'no, no, don't shoot, don't shoot!', recalls D'Arrigo.

"But I thought 'you know, I'm just going to have a shot, pick my spot and choose where I'm going to go' - and I'm glad I picked it."

While originally overwhelmed by the passion of scoring a significant goal for his country, the midfielder then pulled out a tribute based on his shirt number for the tournament. 

"Before the game I looked at the best #16 players in the world, and I saw Daniele De Rossi, and I typed in De Rossi's celebrations and saw him with his arms outstretched," D'Arrigo explains. 

"I remember Kai (Trewin) coming up to me before the game and saying, 'you're gonna score, you're gonna score, what celebration are you going to do?'

"And I thought to myself, 'nah I'm not going to tell anyone, because if I tell someone it won't come true'." 

And it sure did come true, with D'Arrigo's strike helping Australia gain an early advantage at the Markaziy Stadium.

Defender Jay Rich-Baghuelou would add another well-taken effort in the second half to ensure Trevor Morgan's side came away with a 2-0 victory to open their tournament. 

Attention now turns to Matchday 2, which will see Australia take on Iraq on Saturday night (11pm AEST). 

"It's going to be very tough," D'Arrigo anticipates, "We watched the game after our game the other night and it looked like a very tough and close battle, so we'll do the video review, go on the training pitch and see what we can do to defeat them. 

"It's going to be a really tough game but I'm sure we can get the win." 

To get to know the squad and find out more about how the tournament is progressing, check out the 'Inside Camp with the 23's' series. 

Match Schedule | Australia U23 | AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022

Matchday 2: Iraq U23 v Australia U23 
Date: Saturday, 4 June 2022
Venue: Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi, Uzbekistan
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 11pm (AEST) 
Broadcast: Live in Australia on Paramount+

Matchday 3: Australia U23 v Jordan U23
Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Venue: Lokomotiv Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 11pm (AEST) 
Broadcast: Live in Australia on Paramount+