Hard road after Australia draw 2-2 with Oman in World Cup qualifying


Expectations for Australia’s World Cup qualifiers have been hit after Oman ended in a 2-2 draw in the World Cup qualifiers in Muscat on Tuesday night.

The draw leaves Australia in 3rd place in the group, 3 points in Japan and 4 points in Saudi Arabia, leaving the two teams to play in the remaining qualifying matches.

They need to win both matches to get a chance to be in the top two in the group and secure a berth at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

If that is not possible, they will have to play a sudden death match with the South American side for another opportunity to qualify.

Due to the recent surge in local COVID-19, in addition to injuries, the home team robbed the field on Tuesday night, subtracting some of the regular starters and making Australia a clear favorite.

Socceroos was also out of the back of Vietnam’s 4-0 bang.

Australia seemed to score the first goal five minutes from Trent Sainsbury’s head after Aaron Mooy’s corner, but Sainsbury was properly dominated offside.

However, ten minutes later, Martin Boyle contacted Oman’s goalkeeper in the penalty area and gave Australia a chance to get on the scoreboard.

Jamie Maclaren made no mistakes and pushed the ball into the upper right corner of the net, giving Socceroos a 1-0 lead.

No more goals were scored in the first half, but in the 54th minute Oman scored a 1-1 goal with a great strike from Abdullah Fawaz in the upper corner.

Then, in the 79th minute, after a big left cross from Craig Goodwin, Soccere regained the lead with Aaron Mooy’s goal.

This was Mooy’s first goal in Australia, almost two and a half years.

With three minutes remaining, defender Fran Karačić seemed to sew the match when defender Fran Karačić challenged Mufusen Salesani in the penalty area and gave him a suspicious penalty.

Abdullah Fawaz sent goalkeeper Matt Ryan a penalty at home and sent the wrong way to level the score 2-2.

Neither team was added to the score in 6 minutes of overtime.

Socceroos captain Matt Ryan interview He was very disappointed considering how ready the team was after the match.

“After all, that’s not enough,” he said.

Ryan added that he still has the opportunity to qualify and needs to learn and improve from this experience.

“Obviously, when you face a little difficulty, it’s how you react and it has to be the focus now,” he said.

Australia will now face Japan on March 24th and Saudi Arabia on March 29th.

Steve Milne

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