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Born in Melbourne but now based in England, Davidde Corran is a freelance journalist, photographer and videographer who has contributed to AP, PA Sport, Football+, Fox Sports, The Blizzard and The New York Times among many others.

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Mile Jedinak gets his head onto a Luke WIlkshire corner but it goes fairly harmlessly wide. Thia has been a rather timid affair so far.

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

First half chance of the game finally comes after 10 minutes as Brett Holman cuts in on the edge of the box but his shot is deflected and fairly easily caught by Al Habsi.

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

A shocking crowd of only a few thousand despite the organisers offering free entry for all.

Incidentally Lucas Neill is running a competition to win his shirt from tonight’s game. Check out his twitter feed @LucasNeill to enter.

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

The game is yet to have found its rhythm but already Matt McKay is getting forward and adding width to the Socceroos play as he overlaps Kewell. Unfortunately for him the first cross he put in was a stinker and flew well over. Hopefully nobody from Rangers were watching!

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

And we’re off! In 90 minutes Australia could be through to the next stage of World Cup Qualifying and Oman on their way out.

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

As the national anthems are played here is the Oman starting XI: Habsi, Al-Farsi, Al-Owaisi, Darwish, Al-Sheiba, Al, Al-Farsi, Al Hadhri, Harddan, Al-Sadi, Doorbeen

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

Holger Osieck to Fox Sports on his starting XI for today, “I saw it in training, it worked.”

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

According to Fox Sports Kewell will actually play behind Kennedy with Holman starting out wide on the left. Will these be fixed positions or roles that will interchange throughout the game?

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

Welcome to the Roar’s live blog coverage of Oman v Australia. The Socceroos starting XI has been named and it’s very, very interesting: Schwarzer, Williams, Neill, Spiranovic, McKay, Valeri, Jedinak, Wilkshere, Kewell, Kennedy, Holman

So McKay will most likely start at left back with Kewell at left midfield and Holman playing in behind Kennedy. Brett Emerton is on the bench. Will knives already be sharpening if this experiment fails?

Socceroos vs Oman: Live scores, blog

Fussball and TomC I’d appreciate it if you could point out to me where I “draw a parallel between the possible causes of his tragedy and e-messages received by sports journalists”. If you were to read through the article again you should note that the book got me thinking about the state of football and that is what I was commenting on. A culture of hyperbole and abuse.

Anonymous or not, abusive messages effect each journalist in different ways. For some it does have an impact while others can just brush it off. Either way it’s inexcusable. Same goes for yelling abuse at players, coaches and referees in stadiums.

European football reflects on a life too short

M1tch, I rate the Jets highly and enjoy the Ryan brothers as real characters. If you haven’t seen it check out HBO’s documentary following the team through pre-season last year. Excellent viewing.

Previewing the 2011 NFL season

Not sure about Kansas this time around. Obviously anytime you have turnover in some key positions things can go either way. At the very least this season you should be able to further cement a foundation for future success.

Previewing the 2011 NFL season

FYI an Arabic website is reporting this deal as being confirmed – http://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=ar&u=http://www.sportksa.net/main/index.php/p/9179-al-jazeera-arab-emirates-contract-with-the-australian-lucas-neill&ei=Pr1NTskvhuCIAq2s_acB&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.sportksa.net/main/index.php/p/9179-al-jazeera-arab-emirates-contract-with-the-australian-lucas-neill%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3D7uE%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Divns

Lucas Neill doesn't owe Australian football anything

A couple other results for you:

Italy 2 – 1 Spain
Germany 3 – 2 Brazil
Japan 3 – 0 South Korea
Malta 2 – 1 Central African Republic
Thanks for your company tonight and keep an eye on The Roar for more analysis of tonight’s game shortly.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

Full time and a 2-1 to Australia. Socceroos can be quite happy with that. A strong performance and a decent result to boot.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

Into injury time and Jedinak on for McDonald.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

Goal 2-1. Wales’ Darcy Blake gets on the end of a corner kick from Gareth Bale that’s allowed to bounce in the area.

Meanwhile Zullo comes off for his FC Utrecht team-mate Adam Sarota. McKay to LB then.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

70th minute – Goalscorer Cahill comes off for James Troisi.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

Can you even call that kind of turn out a crowd?!

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

So who’s rooting for a Scott McDonald goal now to wrap things up?

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

So like David Carney, Zullo is susceptible to the occasional misstep in defence. The difference between the two however is Zullo has the speed to make up for it and the youth to learn from it.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

After a 62 minute long “test” Robert Earnshaw comes off to be replaced from the bench.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

McDonald might not have scored tonight but it’s hard to criticise his performance.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

Goal to Kruse! 2-0 Australia. Great build up play from the Socceroos as Cahill threads a ball through to McDonald who’s cross is deflected to Kruse for a simple tap in from a couple meters out.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog

47th minute – A cross from the left hand side somehow falls to Kruse who forces a save before Valeri sends the rebound into the post. Desperately close to a second for Australia.

Socceroos vs Wales live scores, blog