07-09-2007 10:12

An injury time equalizer by World Cup hero Tim Cahill saved the blushes for Australia in their first ever Asian Cup game against Oman in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. Over in Group B, two second half goals gave co-hosts Vietnam a win over reigning Gulf Cup champions United Arab Emirates in Hanoi.

Late goal gives Australia draw with Oman

Debutants and pre-tournament favorites Australia were looking to make a winning start against Oman in their Asian Cup Group A clash.

But Oman proved to be no pushovers and shocked the Socceroos with Badar Mubarak's goal in the 32nd minute.

The Socceroos waited until injury before finally pulling level.

Oman keeper Ali dived to block an effort from Mark Bresciano but was powerless to stop Tim Cahill firing home from close range.

That result means all four teams in Group A now have one point each.