Australia and Iraq share the points in Tehran

Australia had to settle for their fourth straight draw in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as they finished 1-1 against Iraq in Tehran.

The result leaves them in second place on Group B on 10 points, three behind Saudi Arabia, but Japan are breathing down their neck on 10 points as well, behind on goal difference but with a game in hand.

Iraq started brightly in the encounter, but Amjed Kalaf wasted several good opportunities to put his side in front.

That would cost them late in the first half as Mathew Leckie gave the Socceroos the lead with a 39th minute header from Aaron Mooy’s corner.

Iraq would hit back in the second half through substitute Ahmed Yasin, who converted at the back post after Ali Adnan’s cross rebounded to him in the 76th minute.

Both teams had chances during a frantic final period, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the points.

Australia were somewhat lucky to escape with a draw, with the referee missing a handball from Milos Degenek in the second half.

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