Minute's silence causes controversy in Australia

The Saudi Arabian soccer team refused to line up for a minute's silence for the London terror victims on Thursday night because it is not in keeping with their culture.

A moment of silence was held before Wednesday's World Cup qualifier between Saudi Arabia and host Australia to remember the two Australian victims of last weekend's terrorist attacks in London.

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

While the Australian teamed solemnly bowed their heads and the crowd stood to reflect, the Saudi side were having a bit of fun trotting around and mocking the show of respect.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said despite Australia's two goals, his side appeared anxious in the first half.

"Both the Australian Football Confederation and the Saudi team agreed that the minute of silence could be held", they were quoted as saying.

"Not participating in minutes silence is disgusting", one outraged fan tweeted.

With the Saudis and group leaders Japan three points ahead of Australia entering the Adelaide fixture, a loss for the home nation will likely end their chances of qualifying directly for next year's cup.

The top two teams qualify automatically for Russian Federation, with the third placed side going into a playoff.

The incident occurred moments before kick-off in their World Cup qualifier against Australia on Thursday.

Japan and Saudi Arabia have each had five wins, a draw and a loss to lead Group B with 16 points.

Some Saudi players remained still while the minute's silence took place, while others continued warming up and reports at the ground claimed their bench failed to stand.

But Saudi Arabia hit back after 23 minutes when Al Dawsari drove forward and exchanged a slick one-two with Al Sahlawi to cut through Australia's defence before firing low beyond Mat Ryan.

The keeper slipped as he kicked the ball out from his hands, with Juric impressively taking one touch and firing into an empty net from 25 yards before the shot-stopper could recover.