Aussies held by Oman

Australia were forced to come from two goals down to keep their bid to reach a third successive World Cup finals just about on track with a 2-2 draw against Oman in an Asian qualifier on Tuesday.

The visitors took 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 midfielder Brett Holman equalised with a 25-metre strike five minutes from time.

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.

Results: Group A: South Korea: 2 bt Qatar: 1; Uzbekistan: 1 bt Lebanon: 0. Group B: Australia: 2 drew with Oman: 2; Jordan: 2 bt Japan: 1.

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