International Friendlies
AustraliaAustralia1South AfricaSouth Africa1

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.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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

South Africa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


  • 8Zwane
  • 9Mthembu
  • 11Zungu
  • 15Nhlapo
  • 16Williams
  • 19Mkhwanazi
  • 20Khumalo
Jong-Hyeok Kim

Match Stats

Home TeamAustraliaAway TeamSouth Africa
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Australia 1, South Africa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Australia 1, South Africa 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, South Africa. Siyabonga Nhlapo replaces Thulani Serero.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Reneilwe Letsholonyane (South Africa).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dario Vidosic (Australia).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Siphelele Mthembu (South Africa).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Australia. Josh Kennedy replaces Mathew Leckie.

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Hlompho Kekana (South Africa).

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).