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.
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.
Catch up with all match action in the Socceroos match centre
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.
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.
Jackson Irvine (AUS)
Mitch Langerak (AUS)
Mohanad Abdulraheem (IRQ)
Milos Degenek (AUS)
60’ Langerak with a brilliant diving save to deny Iraq.
- Australia’s new 3-2-4-1 formation.
- The pitch: hardly international standard
- Mitch Langerak taking the keeper’s gloves from Mat Ryan
All that mattered were three points. For both sides.
In the end, neither got what they wanted.
Australia make strong start in Phnom Penh on road to Thailand and Tokyo
The Australian U-23 National Team got their 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualification campaign off to a strong start in Cambodia on Saturday morning (AEDT), recording a solid 6-0 win over their hosts in Phnom Penh. From the outset Australia looked well prepared for their Cambo
'These boys are ready': Arnold confident ahead of AFC U-23 qualifiers
Graham Arnold was at the helm the last time an Australian team qualified for the Olympic Games with a squad skippered by Mark Milligan and containing a host of players who would go on to become Caltex Socceroos. Now 11 years on from those 2008 Games, Arnold leads a new crop of
'We have to thank Australia for giving us this opportunity': The magnificent mix of the Caltex Socceroos
Australia is a melting pot, and nothing illustrates that more than the country's national team, the Caltex Socceroos. Harmony Day, held each year on March 21, is Australia’s celebration of cultural diversity.
McGree and Genreau eager to play crucial role on road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Key Australia U-23s midfielder Riley McGree has declared he and his teammates are ‘ready and acclimatised’ to the stifling conditions in Cambodia, as they embark on qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Australia face hosts Cambodia on Saturday morning (AEDT) in c