The Socceroos have been dealt a blow in their quest for World Cup qualification, held to a 2-2 draw against Thailand in Bangkok.
It took just nine minutes for the Socceroos to get on the scoresheet after relentless pressing in the opposition half. A handball in the box by Thailand’s Pratum Chuthong allowed Mile Jedinak to step up to the penalty spot and calmly slot his penalty past Kawin Thamasatchanan.
Despite creating numerous chances after gaining the lead, the Soceroos failed to capitalise. Then a defensive lapse allowed Thailand’s Teerasil Dangda to score against the run of play and send the home fans into delirium.
A boost of momentum in Thailand’s build-up play then put the Socceroos on the backfoot and in the 57th minute, Thailand took advantage when Matthew Leckie brought down Theerathorn Bunmathan in the box. Teerasil Dangda stepped up for Thailand to put them in the lead 2-1.
However, the Socceroos levelled when they were awarded another penalty. Captain Mile Jedinak, brought down in the box, equalised for the Socceroos in the 67th minute.
The draw leaves Australia in 3rd place in group B, one point behind Japan and Saudi Arabia. – Ben Owusu
Photo of Mile Jedinak showing displeasure at his team’s performance from the Socceroos Twitter feed.