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Australia 1-1 South Africa

Tim Cahill

Midfielder Tim Cahill scored his 33rd international goal as Australia were held by South Africa in their final home friendly before the World Cup.

Ayanda Patosi slid in to give South Africa an early lead after fine work by Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie.

A minute later, stand-in skipper Cahill capitalised on an error by keeper Senzo Meyiwa to head in Tommy Oar's cross.

But Australia could not force a winner in a tame second half in which a below-strength South Africa defended well.

Ange Postecoglou's side have one more match before the World Cup, against Croatia in Salvador on 7 June.

The Socceroos face a tough World Cup group, with Spain, Chile and the Netherlands their opponents in Group B.

And they seldom threatened on their final home appearance before heading to Brazil, although substitute Oliver Bozanic headed wide in stoppage time.

Ex-Everton star Cahill was deputising as captain after Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak, recently appointed to the role, suffered a groin strain in the final game of the English Premier League season.

Neither Preston defender Bailey Wright nor Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo, both included in Postecoglou's initial 30-man squad, came off the bench ahead of the announcement of their 23-strong final squad on 2 June.

Line-ups

Australia

  • 1Ryan
  • 2FranjicSubstituted forWilkshireat 54'minutes
  • 3Davidson
  • 16HollandBooked at 26minsSubstituted forBozanicat 73'minutes
  • 22Wilkinson
  • 19McGowan
  • 5Milligan
  • 14TroisiSubstituted forMcKayat 45'minutes
  • 4CahillSubstituted forHalloranat 62'minutes
  • 7LeckieBooked at 80minsSubstituted forKennedyat 85'minutes
  • 11OarSubstituted forVidosicat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Wilkshire
  • 9Kennedy
  • 13Sarota
  • 17McKay
  • 18Galekovic
  • 20Vidosic
  • 21Luongo
  • 24Taggart
  • 25Brillante
  • 26Halloran
  • 29Wright
  • 30Bozanic

South Africa

  • 1Meyiwa
  • 5NgcongcaBooked at 83mins
  • 3Mokeke
  • 12Letsholonyane
  • 14Mathoho
  • 4Nthethe
  • 18PhalaSubstituted forZunguat 45'minutes
  • 6Kekana
  • 23RantieSubstituted forMthembuat 60'minutes
  • 10SereroSubstituted forNhlapoat 90+2'minutes
  • 7PatosiSubstituted forZwaneat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Zwane
  • 9Mthembu
  • 11Zungu
  • 15Nhlapo
  • 16Williams
  • 19Mkhwanazi
  • 20Khumalo
Referee:
Jong-Hyeok Kim
Attendance:
50,459

Match Stats

Home TeamAustraliaAway TeamSouth Africa
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Australia 1, South Africa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Australia 1, South Africa 1.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Siyabonga Nhlapo replaces Thulani Serero.

Attempt missed. Oliver Bozanic (Australia) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Wilkshire with a cross.

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reneilwe Letsholonyane (South Africa).

Foul by Dario Vidosic (Australia).

Anele Ngcongca (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Ryan McGowan (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Siphelele Mthembu (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Josh Kennedy replaces Mathew Leckie.

Booking

Anele Ngcongca (South Africa) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Ben Halloran (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt McKay.

Matt McKay (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hlompho Kekana (South Africa).

Booking

Mathew Leckie (Australia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

Thabo Nthethe (South Africa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

Hlompho Kekana (South Africa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Thulani Serero (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Luke Wilkshire (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reneilwe Letsholonyane (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Oliver Bozanic replaces James Holland.

Attempt missed. Mark Milligan (Australia) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt missed. Luke Wilkshire (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Thabo Nthethe.

Attempt blocked. Ben Halloran (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathew Leckie.

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Dario Vidosic replaces Tommy Oar.

Attempt missed. Themba Zwane (South Africa) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Attempt blocked. Luke Wilkshire (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

James Holland (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Thabo Nthethe (South Africa).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Themba Zwane replaces Ayanda Patosi because of an injury.

Delay in match Ayanda Patosi (South Africa) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Ben Halloran replaces Tim Cahill.

Attempt missed. James Holland (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mathew Leckie following a corner.

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Thabo Nthethe.

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