Oman beats Australia in WCup qualifying upset
Oman caused an upset in 2014 World Cup qualifying by beating
Australia 1-0 on Friday in a Group D game in the third round of
Asian qualifiers at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Oman striker Imaad al Hosni scored the winner in the 18th minute
against the run of the play. Ahmed Hadeed sent a defence-splitting
pass to Imaad, who hammered his shot past Australia goalkeeper Mark
Oman, ranked 103rd, then managed to cope with the second-half
pressure as the 20th-ranked Australians pressed for an
Australia leads the group with nine points from four games,
while Oman has four points.
Saudi Arabia plays Thailand later in Riyadh. Thailand has four
points from three matches while Saudi Arabia has two from same
number of games.
With two games left, Oman’s French coach Paul Le Guen said his
team was on the right track.
”Though it is going to be a tough path, we are on the right
way,” he said. ”The team has displayed improvement and they
proved it today. We need to recover fast and then be ready for the
next game against Saudi Arabia on November 15.”