Tim Cahill scored a late goal to save Australia from an embarrassing opening game defeat against Oman. Midfielder Badar Mubarak scored in the 32nd minute for Oman, and kept the Australian team well in check for the majority of the game in the stifling heat in Bangkok. The Socceroos should feel lucky, as this definitely was an escape against a team which had them in all sorts of trouble for nearly the entire match.
Harry Kewell did look lively in the first half, narrowly missing a cross from Luke Wilshire… but for the majority of the match it was the keeping of Mark Schwarzer that kept Australian hopes alive. That was, until Tim Cahill – subbed on at the 62nd minute mark – scored the equalizer.
Australia should feel damn lucky about this…
This leaves all of Group A on equal points after one round of matches. Oman face Thailand on Thursday the 12th, and Australia’s next game is against Iraq on Friday the 13th. Ominous… 😉