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Australia Recovers to Draw 2-2 With Oman in World Cup Qualifier

March 26, 2013

Australia Recovers to Draw 2-2 With Oman in World Cup Qualifier

The Australian Socceroos warm up before the 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between the Socceroos and Oman in Sydney. Photographer: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Australia recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Oman in a soccer World Cup qualifier last night.

Tim Cahill and Brett Holman got the Socceroos’ goals after Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali and an own goal by Mile Jedinak threatened an upset win for the visitors in Sydney.

“It’s disappointing,” Cahill said in a televised interview. “These are home games and we need to win them. We should be doing a lot better than this.”

The result moves both teams to six points in Asia's Group B. Japan, on 13, needs only a draw in Jordan to become the first team to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

South Korea beat Qatar 2-1 in Seoul and leads Group A on 10 points.

The winners and runners-up from each five-team group take the region’s four direct berths in the 32-team tournament, with the third-place teams playing off for the right to take on South America’s fifth-ranked nation for another spot.

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