Oman shock Socceroos

THE Socceroos have been forced to wait a little longer to book their passage through to the final Asian qualifying round of the World Cup, after slumping to an historic 1-0 loss to Oman in Muscat.

A clinical 18th minute strike from Amad Ali kept Oman's qualification hopes alive and frustrated an Australian side lacking fluency and penetration.

The Socceroos had plenty of possession and territory and created several half chances, but rarely tested the home goalkeeper.

Oman showed plenty of defensive resolve to clinch their first win in five attempts against Australia.

The Socceroos remain top of their group heading into Tuesday's match against Thailand in Bangkok.

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