Socceroos draw 2-2 with Oman, save 2014 World Cup campaign

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    Australia's Tim Cahill (left) reacts to a call made by referee Ravshan Irmatov during their 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier match against Oman. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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    The Socceroos have avoided an embarrassing loss at home to Oman after a long distance Brett Holman strike gave Holger Osieck’s side a 2-2 draw at ANZ Stadium.

    After going down 1-0 inside ten minutes, the Socceroos found themselves 2-0 down shortly after half time when Mile Jedinak inexplicably turned the ball into his own net.

    Tim Cahill gave the home side hope three minutes later, scoring a trademark header to bring the crowd of 34,603 to life.

    Osieck made several changes and the Socceroos continued to press as time ran out, but looked unable to breach the Omani rearguard until Holman’s beat Ali Al Habsi with five minutes remaining.

    The draw moved Australia to six points from five matches in Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifying.

    Australia’s next group game sees the side facing a difficult trip to Japan to face the group leaders, before home fixtures against Jordan and Iraq to round out their eight matches.

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    • March 26th 2013 @ 10:11pm
      Burwood said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:11pm | ! Report

      Pathetic! Don’t deserve to qualify anyway!

    • March 26th 2013 @ 10:32pm
      Johnno said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

      Wasn’t Paul Le Guen the French coach, who is now head coach of Oman, wasn’t he once rumoured to be going for the socceroos job, he outcoached Holger with a less talented team.. Le Guen is a good coach, he’d be handy for the socceroos, maybe if we don’t qualify it will be the wake up call we need. It seems the Olyroos failure to qualify at London 2012 Olympics wasn’t a big enough , warning to wake up out of our comfort zone and slumber.

      And a better head coach would help the socceroos. Aurelio vidmar was Olyroos head coach for the 2012 failed campaign, and was an assistant coach tonight, same average results.

      Need a new head coach, and assistants, and the FFA ignored Johan Neeskans Hiddink;s assistant at 2006 he wanted the top job and they went for Pim. Anyway Pim was better than Holger that’s for sure, at least your felt some confidence with Pim.

      You knew your team would be boring and limited in attack, but a fortress in attack, the 1st half vs Germany the only major blot in Pim’s resume with the socceroos. The sending of vs Ghana of Harry when we were looking so good and only got a draw, was not Pim’s fault, and we blitzed a highly fancied serbia.

      But Holger has to go as does Vidmar, new coaches needed now.

      Tony Popovic maybe, as the assistant, he is much better coach than Vidmar, as is Ange.

    • March 26th 2013 @ 11:47pm
      Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | March 26th 2013 @ 11:47pm | ! Report

      Holgers something aint he,basically pointing the finger at the young players post match basically saying “you see,you see what happens i try to bring them through and they let me down”,wtf who?,Kruse was just starting to terrorise the Omani’s and got the corner which led to our first goal with some brilliant footwork down the right.When Oar was finally brought on in about the 80th minute he skinned two defenders down the left and sent in a beautiful cross with his first touch of the ball,maybe it was part of Holgers cunning plan that he would help save us in the last ten minutes like the Iraq game.Holland?,sure he had an off night but possibly put in the awkward position of trying to unlock the Oman defence when he’s really more of defensively minded midfielder.The first half was slow and pedestrian but what do you expect with two holding midfielders?.Bresciano comes on and look at the difference,should have been on from the start.HOLGER OUT

      • March 27th 2013 @ 12:04am
        THe Eye Of Truth said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:04am | ! Report

        Yep, pointing the finger at the young players is ridiculous, most of them did OK. It was the likes of Brosque, Wilkshire, McKay and Jedinak even Holman (despite the equaliser) who were poor. So I agree with you WTF Holger.

        Only Cahill & Breciano (for the short time he was on) from the old guard were good.

        I’ve given Holger the benefit of the doubt until now. But now I say HOLGER OUT also.

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        March 27th 2013 @ 12:38am
        TomC said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:38am | ! Report

        Referring to Holland, maybe? He was probably the worst player on the pitch.

        • March 27th 2013 @ 12:55am
          Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:55am | ! Report

          Was he any worse than Jedinak?one had to be sacrificed i suppose Jedinak stayed on because of his experience.Regardless you don’t come out and say stuff like that to the media and keep it in house.

    • March 26th 2013 @ 11:49pm
      John said | March 26th 2013 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

      Cant wait to read what the Holger supporters have to say about this now 🙂

      • March 26th 2013 @ 11:59pm
        Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | March 26th 2013 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

        Something along the lines of “yeah but we beat guam 7-0”.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 12:01am
      Hughster said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:01am | ! Report

      Just back from the game. Agree Le Guen the better coach on the night. A few observations:

      You can confidently predict the Oman strategy of numbers in the area so why no width in attack in first half?

      Jedinak too deep in defence

      Cahill as point man too obvious, added more to the attack when dropped into the hole behind the striker.

      Bresciano had a huge impact on the tempo when he came on. Introduced a level of urgency missing in first half.

      Kruse had a mixed night but he is a gun, plenty of confidence. Build your attack round him.

      Oman should be given credit for their competitiveness. Yes the Omani’s suffered some “injuries” but I’ve seen games with more. They have some skillfull players and a world class keeper. Australia lacked verve in the first half. An absence of inspiration.

      The early goal clearly unsettled the Socceroos.

      Other views?

      • March 27th 2013 @ 12:49am
        Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:49am | ! Report

        Yes tempo the crucial word of the night,completely non existent in the first half.We just always seem to be chasing games lately,why?.Look at how we went at Japan at Suncorp earlier in qualifying,absolutely battered them in the early period of the game,guess who was pulling the strings that night until he got hurt,Bresciano.Hate to harp on about it but two defensive midfielders is not on at home when wins are important.You need someone with vision who releases the likes of Kruse and Holman alot sooner.Bresciano obviously is the first guy in that role you would put in the side and Rogic also is that type of player.We’re in deep trouble now and i’ve pretty much chalked off Japan as a loss,we have a game in hand on most teams so we can still qualify if we win our last two home games which i have no confidence in either.

        • March 27th 2013 @ 1:52am
          Damo Baresi said | March 27th 2013 @ 1:52am | ! Report

          I wasn’t too worried about Jedinak & Holland, two defensive midfielders picked in the team or their performance.
          Going one, then two goals down didn’t help at all.
          Jedinak & Holland sat too deep. I thought the point of Thwaite in defence was because he can play the ball out. Well he doesn’t even have to do that if Jedinak sits on top of him.

          The problem was trying to break down the Omani defence, our attacking players didn’t have good games.
          Kruse is normally good but a bit of an off night & was also subbed off early.
          Cahill good in the air but didn’t help in the build up of attacks.
          Brosque didn’t seem to do much at all.
          Holman was rubbish ( then scored a goal ).

          Holman, Wiltshire, Mackay, Thwaite & Brosque shouldn’t have been picked in the starting 11 in the first place.

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      March 27th 2013 @ 12:21am
      Michael Waldron said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:21am | ! Report

      We certainly lacked pace – Kruse had one of the worst halves of football I’ve seen in a while but redeemed himself somewhat in the second. We were struggling aerially with the lack of decent crosses, it’s depressing that we had to go 2-0 down before they went up a notch. Japan will maul us if we play like we did tonight.

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