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26th Mar 2013
Internationals: Holman scores as other stars get set for action


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Brett Holman scored a vital equaliser for Australia as they drew 2-2 with Oman in a World Cup qualifier this morning.

Kicking-off at 8.30am BST, Australia were forced to fight back strongly after going two-goals down in the clash at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

The visitors stunned the 34,603 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.

Forward Tim Cahill cut the deficit with a trademark header on 51 minutes, however, and Villa midfielder Holman equalised with a 25-yard 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 team will qualify for Brazil in 2014 while the second team will progress to further qualifying.

Ciaran Clark and Andreas Weimann lock horns this evening as Republic of Ireland host Austria.

Austria and Republic of Ireland are third and four respectively in Group C, both with seven points from four games.

Germany are top of the table with thirteen points from five games.

Christian Benteke is with Belgium for their home clash with Macedonia in Brussels.

Barry Bannan and Alan Hutton are in Novi Sad as Scotland clash with Serbia.

Belgium are top of Group A with thirteen points from five games. Scotland are bottom with two points from five games.

Ron Vlaar is in Amsterdam as Holland host Romania.

Holland are top of Group D with a maximum of fifteen points from five games.

In the Europe section of World Cup qualifying, the top team in each group progresses to the finals. The second placed side from each group will contest round two of qualifying.

The teams will be paired into four home-and-away ties. The matches will likely be played between November 15 and 19, 2013 and the winners also make it through to Brazil.

Brad Guzan hopes to follow up his brilliant performance in Colorado against Costa Rica with another shutout in Mexico City as USA face Mexico.

USA are second in 'North, Central America and Caribbean' with three points from two games. Honduras are top with four points from two games.

USA are currently competing in the region's traditional 'hexagonal' stage.

Six teams meet in a home-and-away format between February 6 and October 15, 2013 with the top three sides qualifying directly for the tournament in Brazil.

Schedule

Ciaran Clark - Republic of Ireland v Austria - Dublin - 7.45pm
Andi Weimann - Republic of Ireland v Austria - Dublin - 7.45pm
Christian Benteke - Belgium v Macedonia - Brussels - 7.45pm
Ron Vlaar - Holland v Romania - Amsterdam - 7.30pm
Barry Bannan/Alan Hutton - Serbia v Scotland - Novi Sad - 7.30pm
Brad Guzan - Mexico v USA - Mexico City - 10.30pm

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