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Holman saves Socceroos stumble

The visitors stunned the crowd by taking a 1-0 lead through Abdul Aziz Mubarak in the sixth minute and doubling it courtesy of a Mile Jedinak own goal four minutes after the break.

A late Brett Holman equaliser helped Australia come from two goals down to keep their World Cup campaign just about on track with a 2-2 draw against Oman in an Asian qualifier on Tuesday.

The visitors stunned the crowd by taking a 1-0 lead through Abdul Aziz Mubarak in the sixth minute and doubling it courtesy of a Mile Jedinak own goal four minutes after the break. Tim Cahill cut the deficit with a trademark header on 51 minutes,however,and Holman equalised with a 25-metre strike five minutes from time to save the home side’s blushes in a match coach Holger Osieck had said was a “must-win”.

The draw means Australia and Oman are locked together on six points,seven behind runaway Group B leaders Japan,one ahead of Iraq and two clear of Jordan.The top two qualify for Brazil in 2014.

Jordan upsets Japan

AMMAN: Japan wasted a second half penalty as they blew the chance to become the first team to qualify for the World Cup finals when they were humbled 2-1 by Jordan in a pulsating clash in Amman on Tuesday.

Son gets Korea back on track

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SEOUL: Substitute Son Heung-min prodded home a 96th minute winner to give South Korea a 2-1 win over Qatar on Tuesday and put them in sight of another World Cup finals appearance.

Uzbeks see off Lebanon

TASHKENT: A deflected strike from captain Server Djeparov was enough for group leaders Uzbekistan to see off spirited Lebanon 1-0 on Tuesday to leave them within touching distance of a first World Cup finals appearance.