28 Mar 2013

Australia on hard road to World Cup

6:50 pm on 28 March 2013

The Australian football team faces an uphill battle to qualify for next year's World Cup after drawing 2-2 with Oman.

Only two teams from Asian group B will qualify for the tournament and after six rounds Japan has wrapped up the top spot, while Australia languishes in third.

In their final three qualifying matches in June the Socceroos will need at least a draw in Japan, and then home wins against Jordan and Iraq.