Iraq
Australia
World Cup Qualifiers R3
Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium
2017-03-23T12:00:00+00:00
Attendance
3,270

Caltex Socceroos’ battling draw in Tehran

The Caltex Socceroos have shared the spoils for a fourth time in a row after a battling 1-1 draw in chilly Tehran against a tenacious Iraq in Group B of World Cup qualification on Thursday.

SUMMARY   

On a cold, wet day in the Iranian capital, Iraq had a couple of excellent chances to open the scoring in the first 20 minutes as they settled better than the Australians, who were playing a new formation. 

But the green and gold worked their way back into the contest and took a deserved lead via Mat Leckie just before the break.

The excellent Mitch Langerak kept the Aussies in the game after the break until an equaliser with 15 minutes left set up a grandstand finish as both sides pushed for the much-needed win. 

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Catch up with all match action in the Socceroos match centre

http://www.socceroos.com.au/matchcentre/Iraq-v-Australia/851424

GOALS

0-1   Australia Mat Leckie 40’

Aaron Mooy’s in-swinging corner found an unmarked Leckie who powered home his header just inside the six-yard box. 

Caltex Socceroos winger Mat Leckie against Iraq.

1-1   Iraq Ahmad Yaseem 76’

A sweeping move saw Ali Adnan’s perfect low cross beat Langerak and at the far post Yaseem coolly slotted home the equaliser.

SOCCEROOS’ FORMATION

3-2-4-1

STAR PERFORMERS

Jackson Irvine (AUS)

Mitch Langerak (AUS)

Mohanad Abdulraheem (IRQ)

Milos Degenek (AUS)

KEY MOMENT

60’ Langerak with a brilliant diving save to deny Iraq.

TALKING POINTS

  1. Australia’s new 3-2-4-1 formation.
  2. The pitch: hardly international standard
  3. Mitch Langerak taking the keeper’s gloves from Mat Ryan

SOCIAL REACTON

@Socceroos

#IRQvAUS

#GoSocceroos

FINAL WORD

All that mattered were three points. For both sides.

In the end, neither got what they wanted. 

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# Club P W D L PTS
Iran 10 6 4 0 22
Korea Republic 10 4 3 3 15
Syria 10 3 4 3 13
Uzbekistan 10 4 1 5 13
China PR 10 3 3 4 12
Qatar 10 2 1 7 7
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Japan 10 6 2 2 20
Saudi Arabia 10 6 1 3 19
Australia 10 5 4 1 19
United Arab Emirates 10 4 1 5 13
Iraq 10 3 2 5 11
Thailand 10 0 2 8 2
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Mexico 3 2 1 0 7
Russia 3 1 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0
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Germany 3 2 1 0 7
Chile 3 1 2 0 5
Australia 3 0 2 1 2
Cameroon 3 0 1 2 1