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89'
Abdullah Fawaz
Penalty Goal
2 - 2
79'
A. Mooy
M. Duke
1 - 2
63'
F. Karačić
Yellow Card
54'
Abdullah Fawaz
Rabia Al Alawi
1 - 1
15'
J. Maclaren
Penalty Goal
0 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
44% 55%
4
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 4
Total Passes 385 470
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Saudi Arabia KSA Saudi Arabia 10 7 2 1 12 6 +6 23 W D L W W
2 Japan JPN Japan 10 7 1 2 12 4 +8 22 D W W W W
3 Australia AUS Australia 10 4 3 3 15 9 +6 15 L L D W D
4 Oman OMA Oman 10 4 2 4 11 10 +1 14 W W D L L
5 China PR CHN China PR 10 1 3 6 9 19 -10 6 L D L L D
6 Vietnam VIE Vietnam 10 1 1 8 8 19 -11 4 D L W L L

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Commentary

FULL TIME: OMAN 2 AUSTRALIA 2 - An action packed second half ultimately ends in disappointment for Oman and Australia with both sides having to settle for a point each. A couple of half-time substitutions sparked the hosts and they drew level shortly after the break thanks to a stunning strike from Abdullah Fawaz. Aaron Mooy fired home for the Socceroos in the 79th minute to settle some nerves for the visitors but Abdullah Fawaz made it a double when he equalised from the spot in the 89th minute. The draw ends Oman's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup and leaves Australia needing to win their last two matches to ensure automatic qualification.
90' + 7' CHANCE! A last gasp chance for the Socceroos however Mitch Duke's well-struck header whistles just over the crossbar.
90' + 6' We enter the last minute with just enough time for both sides to try and create one last match-winning opportunity - this one is going all the way to the final whistle!
90' + 5' CHANCE! The ball falls for Craig Goodwin who fires from a tight angle - he manages to find the netting but unfortunately for the Socceroos it is on the wrong side.
Mohammed Al Amri
Rabia Al Alawi
90' + 2' SUBSTITUTION OMAN - A last roll of the dice for Oman with Al Alawi Mohammed Al Amri replaced by Al-Mandhar Rabia Said.
90' There will be six heart-stopping minutes to be played in this second half.
Abdullah Fawaz
Penalty Goal
89' PENALTY GOAL AUSTRALIA (Abdullah Fawaz) OMAN 2 AUSTRALIA 2 - It's edge of the seat stuff at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex as Oman draw level once again! Abdullah Fawaz sends Mat Ryan the wrong way and coolly rattles the back of the net with his spot kick.
88' PENALTY! Fran Karacic brings down Muhsen Al Ghassani inside the penalty area and, after brief consideration, referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan awards the hosts a spot kick.
J. Jeggo
A. Mooy
85' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Aaron Mooy, fresh from landing the crucial blow for the Socceroos, will come from the field with James Jeggo preparing to make an appearance.
R. McGowan
T. Sainsbury
85' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Defending a precious 2-1 lead, the Socceroos look for some fresh legs - Ryan McGowan comes on to replace Trent Sainsbury.
Marwan Taaib
Khalid Al-Hajri
81' SUBSTITUTION OMAN - The Mooy goal has rocked the hosts and they swing an immediate change with Khalid Al-Hajri replaced by Marwan Taaib Marhoon Mubarak.
M. Duke
Assist
79' Outstanding composure from Mitch Duke who nodded the ball into the path of Mooy for what could be the crucial match winner for Australia!
A. Mooy
Goal
79' GOAL AUSTRALIA (Aaron Mooy) OMAN 1 AUSTRALIA 2 - The Socceroos put their noses ahead once again! Aaron Mooy tees up from just inside the penalty area - the midfielder doesn't make quite the contact he was after, but does enough to beat Faiyz Al Rusheidi and find the back of the net.
77' The Socceroos look to open up some space in the middle of the field however Hrustic is unable to hang onto possession and so it will be Oman to come away with the ball.
75' Ajdin Hrustic whips in a ball from the right however it is straight at keeper Faiyz Al Rusheidi who is in good position in front of goal.
C. Goodwin
M. Leckie
73' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos really need a lift in these final twenty minutes and they will be hoping Craig Goodwin can provide one - he will replace Mathew Leckie.
Aiman Dhahi
Amjad Al Harthi
71' SUBSTITUTION OMAN - Amjad Al Harthi has looked unconformable since going down and he will be replaced by Aiman Dhahi.
71' Boyle cops a heavy knock and wins a free kick for Australia forward of half way.
69' CHANCE! The ball falls for Jackson Irvine who fires a half-volley towards goal however his effort whistles past the far post - the Socceroos would have loved for that to go in!
66' A lengthy break in play here with the medical cart coming on the field for Amjad Al Harthi - the defender eventually gets to his feet but looks to be in plenty of discomfort.
F. Karačić
Yellow Card
63' YELLOW CARD AUSTRALIA - Fran Karačić gets a fistful of Munzer Al-Alawi's shirt and is handed a yellow card for the professional foul.
A. Hrustić
T. Rogić
62' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - Also coming onto the pitch for Australia is Ajdin Hrustić who will take the place of Tomas Rogić.
M. Duke
J. Maclaren
62' SUBSTITUTION AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos have been sluggish so far in this second half and look to the bench for a spark - Jamie MacLaren will be replaced by Mitchell Duke.
60' CHANCE! The ball from the left is past keeper Faiyz Al Rusheidi and opens up the goal mouth at the far post for Australia but Boyle can't quite beat his marker to get there for the tap in.
Rabia Al Alawi
Assist
54' It was Munzer Al-Alawi who laid the ball off to Abdullah Fawaz for a memorable goal which sets us up for a thrilling second half.
Abdullah Fawaz
Goal
54' GOAL OMAN (Abdullah Fawaz) OMAN 1 AUSTRALIA 1 - And just like that we are all square at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex! On the turn, Abdullah Fawaz unleashes a cracker from outside the area that gives a despairing Mat Ryan no chance - the ball smashes into the back of the net and it is game on.
52' It's all to play for in this second half for Oman and the hosts have started brightly after the break.
50' CHANCE! A golden opportunity to equalise goes begging for Oman! There's an opening at the far post after some excellent delivery from the right from Mahmoud Al-Mushaifri however the ball flashes past the near post.
49' A corner early in the second half for the Socceroos however Mooy's kick is blocked at the near post.
Muhsen Al Ghassani
Omar Al Fazari
46' SUBSTITUTION OMAN - The second of the double change sees Omar Al Fazari off and Muhsen Al Ghassani on.
Mahmood Mabrook
Abdulaziz Al Gheilani
46' SUBSTITUTION OMAN - A new-look Oman for the start of the second half with the hosts swinging a couple of changes - the first will see Abdulaziz Al-Gheilani make way for Mahmood Al Mushaifri.
45' SECOND HALF - Oman, facing a 1-0 deficit, kick off to get us back underway at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex!
HALF TIME: OMAN 0 AUSTRALIA 1 - An intense opening 45 minutes comes to an end at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex! The Socceroos had the best of the possession and scoring opportunities early and they were able to frank their dominance when Jamie MacLaren converted from the spot after Martin Boyle was brought down inside the box. Oman had their moments so this one is far from over - don't go far away, a massive second half lies ahead!
45' There will be one additional minute played in this first half.
44' CHANCE! Time and space opens up for Tomas Rogic who pulls the trigger from close range however a timely deflection from the Omani defence sees the ball clear the crossbar.
42' The Socceroos are up appealing for a penalty after Leckie went to ground in the box but, on this occasion, referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan is having none of it.
39' Leckie is in a good position to block the attempted pass however the ball deflects onto his hand and, as a result, Oman have a free kick just forward of half way.
37' The loose ball squirts out to Jackson Irvine who winds up for the shot however, in the process, he has illegally upended Mataz Saleh - free kick to Oman.
36' Milos Degenek clatters into Munzer Al-Alawi and Oman have a chance to set up with an attacking free kick.
34' A dangerous looking corner kick has the Socceroos' defence on the back foot however a thumping fist from Mat Ryan removes any danger for the visitors.
32' Oman have steadied well since conceding the opening goal though they have struggled to put any real pressure on the Socceroos' defence.
31' Jackson Irvine is down and slow to get up after appearing to cop a heavy knock but he gets to his feet and is set to continue.
29' Boyle floats a ball towards the 6-yard box but there are no green and gold shirts on offer - playing safety first, Amjad Al Harthi nods the ball behind for a corner to Australia.
29' CHANCE! Leckie rises high and powers a header towards goal however Abdullah Fawaz on the very last line of defence is in excellent position to keep the ball out.
26' Boyle expertly brings the long ball from Mooy to ground however his attempted cross has been well blocked - corner to Australia.
25' Boyle at full stretch manages to deliver a cross in from the right however it is too close to Al Rusheidi who safely claims the ball for the hosts.
23' Omer Al-Fazari has been held onto in the aerial contest and the attacking free kick is awarded to Oman who, for the first time in the match, are starting to ask some questions of the Australian defence.
21' An opening here for Oman who have won the first corner of the match.
20' It's been a dominant start from the Socceroos who lead and have enjoyed 64.8% of possession so far in this first half.
J. Maclaren
Penalty Goal
15' PENALTY GOAL AUSTRALIA (Jamie MacLaren) OMAN 0 AUSTRALIA 1 - Jamie MacLaren steps up and coolly sends the ball into the top right corner to give the Socceroos a crucial early lead!
Faiyz Al Rashidi
Yellow Card
14' YELLOW CARD OMAN - Faiyz Al Rashidi has been handed a card for his challenge on Boyle that will see Maclaren step up for the penalty kick.
14' PENALTY! With a brilliant first touch, Martin Boyle breaks into the penalty area but he is clattered into by Faiyz Al Rusheidi and the referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.
13' Ahmed Al-Khamisi has been tipped over and Oman are awarded a free kick on the last line of defence.
10' Jamie Maclaren's attempted pass into the penalty area is too heavy and the ball beats everyone over the goal line - it will be Faiyz Al Rusheidi to restart for Oman with a goal kick.
8' Behich sends a long pass down the line looking for Jackson Irvine however he has been closely marked by Ahmed Al-Khamisi who knocks the ball dead.
6' NO GOAL! Trent Sainsbury gets on the end of a well-taken free kick from Aaron Mooy and rams his header into the back of the net however the linesman's flag is up for offside.
Fahmi Durbein
Yellow Card
4' YELLOW CARD OMAN - Martin Boyle is brought down from behind by Fahmi Said who picks up a booking for his trouble - attacking free kick to Australia.
3' Aziz Behich is unable to keep his pass to Mathew Leckie inside the field of play and the ball runs over the goal line for an Oman goal kick.
1' FIRST HALF - Australia kick off and we are underway at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex for this crucial clash!
Australia: Mat Ryan (GK), Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury, Fran Karacic; Martin Boyle, Tomas Rogic; Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie, Jackson Irvine; Jamie Maclaren. Subs: Ajdin Hrustic, Joel King, Rhyan Grant, Danny Vukovic (GK), Ryan McGowan, James Jeggo, Andrew Redmayne (GK), Brandon Borrello, Connor Metcalfe, Craig Goodwin, Mitchell Duke, Marco Tilio.
Oman: Faiyz Al Rusheidi (GK), Amjad Al Harthi, Ahmed Al-Khamisi, Fahmi Said, Abdulaziz Al Gheilani; Munzer Al-Alawi, Abdullah Fawaz; Arshad Al-Alawi, Mataz Saleh, Omer Al-Fazari; Khalid Al-Hajri. Subs: Muhsen Al Ghassani, Amran Al Hidi, Harib Al-Saadi, Aiman Dhahi, Ibrahim Al Mukhaini, Juma Al Habsi, Ahmed Al Rawahi, Mahmoud Al-Mushaifri, Marwan Awlad Wadi.
With matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia ahead, third-placed Australia desperately need all three points this afternoon if they are to stay in touch with the top two and keep alive their automatic qualification prospects. The Socceroos breezed past Vietnam last week in Melbourne, scoring two goals in both halves to cruise to a 4-0 victory.
For Oman, who currently sit in in 4th place in the Group B standings, the equation is simple - they simply must beat Australia to keep alive any chance of reaching the playoff stage. They fought hard last week against the top of the table Saudi Arabia but were eventually sunk by a 48th minute Al-Buraikan tap in.
Welcome to Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex for the must-win Group B AFC Asian Qualifier between Oman and Australia.