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  • 8 June 2012
  • • 23:00
  • • Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex, Masqaṭ (Muscat)
  • Referee: A. Faghani
  • • Attendance: 11000
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2014 World Cup qualifying preview: Oman v Australia

2014 World Cup qualifying preview: Oman v Australia

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Holger Osieck's side begin their AFC 2014 World Cup final-round qualifying campaign in West Asia against Paul Le Guen's men, who were humbled 3-0 in Japan on Sunday

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

OMAN

Al Habsi
Suhail, Al Maslami, Al Sheiba, Salam
Al Jabri, Mubarak, El Farsi, Ibrahim
Al Hadhri
Al Hosni
AUSTRALIA

Schwarzer
North, Neill, Ognenovski, Spiranovic
Wilkshire, Valeri, Bresciano, McKay
Brosque, Kewell


There is some positive news for Oman coach Paul Le Guen, who will have midfielders Juma Darwish and Eid Al Farsi available after suspension, while defender Mohammed Al Sheiba - absent in the 3-0 loss to Japan due to injury - should be fit.  But Oman are likely to be without winger Ahmed Hadid, who is injured and has been training separately from the main group. Veteran Fawzi Bashir is also unavailable, due to suspension. Oman are already without regulars Hasan Mudhafar [abdomen] and Hassan Rabea [ankle].

The Socceroos arrived in Muscat on Monday after Saturday's 2-0 friendly loss to Denmark in Copenhagen. However, key attacker Brett Holman has not joined up with the squad and will miss the game, after his partner gave birth to their second child. Joshua Kennedy and Carl Valeri have linked up with the camp after club commitments meant they missed the match with Denmark, and could both push for a start. Coach Holger Osieck has a few dilemmas on the right side with Brett Emerton [ankle] unavailable, which could potentially force a re-shuffle with Rhys Williams, Luke Wilkshire and Jade North in the mix.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time these two sides met it was Oman who took the spoils, claiming a 1-0 victory in Muscat in the third round of qualifying. The result is Australia's last defeat in non-friendly action.
  • These two nations have met regularly in recent times, including in qualifying for the 2011 Asian Cup, with the Socceroos edging both matches narrowly.  They drew 1-1 at the 2007 tournament in South-East Asia, with Australia needing an injury-time Tim Cahill goal.
  • Oman qualified for the third round of qualifying in 2010 and the second round in 2006. In 2014, they have reached the fourth round.
  • The hosts this week signed up Oman Air as their new national team sponsor.
  • Australia topped a group featuring Oman, as well as Saudi Arabia and Thailand, to reach for the final round of qualifying.
  • The Socceroos have been greeted with sweltering conditions in Oman since their arrival, but duo Mark Bresciano and Lucas Neill should be used to it having played their club football in neighbouring UAE this season.

 

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