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Australia held to draw in World Cup send off

2014 Pre-World Cup Friendly: Australia v South Africa-slide0
Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australia’s World Cup send off match has not been quite the encouragement the Socceroos had hoped for as they were held to a 1-1 draw against South Africa at ANZ Stadium on Monday night.

Tim Cahill celebrates his goal
Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The Socceroos certainly entertained, and were able to work on a number of tactics throughout the match as Australia started the match with pace.

Tommy Oar had some chances early as he hit two efforts from distance that were well saved by the Bafana Bafana keeper, leading to a corner which Matthew Leckie got a header to, which was again saved by the keeper.

Despite that strong opening from Australia, South Africa hit a shock lead after Thulani Serero made a run down the wing and sent the ball in to the box, which lead to a scramble before Ayanda Patosi who was able to shoot hard and low along the ground to open the scoring.

But Australia quickly responded, scoring straight from the restart as Oar was able to make an attack down the wing and then cross in for Tim Cahill who headed home the equalizing goal.

Just one minute later Australia could well have had the lead as Oar again made space on the wing and yet again found Cahill, whose header well saved by Senzo Meyiwa.

South Africa started to get some control back in the closing stages of the half but were unable to break through again, keeping it 1-1 at the break.

The second half started with an exciting period as both sides went for the match again, keeping the entertainment going.

Australia took a hit just five minutes in to the second half as Ivan Franjic limped off the field with an injury that the Socceroos will hoping does not rule him out of the World Cup.

Matthew Leckie was able to beat the keeper after coming in to the box from the left but he also beat the goal, sending it just wide.

Dario Vidosic and Oliver Bozanic both had chances late on in the match but they were unable to put the chances away as the match ended 1-1.

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