Socceroos let 2-goal lead slip in Kuwait; Iran qualifies for the Asian Cup

Kuwait 2 – Australia 2 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) The Socceroos took a commanding early grip on the match with Luke Wilkshire and Nick Carle scoring a goal apiece inside six minutes. But joint-group leaders Kuwait struck back through Hammad Al-Enezi and Yousouf Nasser to haul back a draw.

Singapore 1 – Iran 3 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) Iran got off to a flyer with 11th and 12th minute goals from Hadi Aghily and Mehrzad Madanchi setting the visitors on their way. Singapore captain Mohamed Alam Shah pulled a goal back for the home side before halftime but substitute Gholamreza Rezaei broke away to seal the win in the 63rd minute for Iran with a delightful chip.

Indonesia 1 – Oman 2 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) The visitors took the lead through in-form striker Fawzi Bashir after 32 minutes. Boaz Solasso equalized on the stroke of halftime to give the fans at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium something to shout about. Ismail Suliaman got the all-important goal just seven minutes after the break.

China 0 – Syria 0 (Asian Cup qualifier, January 6, 2010) Syria and China qualified for the 2011 Asian Cup finals after sharing a goalless draw at Yellow Dragon Stadium in Hangzhou.


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