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Mile Jedinak: Australia lost the physical battle against Iraq

Mitch Langerak says Australia will lament their missed chances, as Iraq turned things around in the second half.
Australia's late surge was not enough as a resilient Iraq held the Aussies to a 1-1 draw in Group B of AFC WCQ.

Mile Jedinak admits Australia lost the physical battle against Iraq in their tense 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Tehran on Thursday.

An awful pitch at PAS Stadium and constant rain made for scrappy contest, but Australia struggled to deal with Iraq's constant bombardment of long balls.

Coach Ange Postecoglou said they were second-best in the air, an area that has traditionally been the team's strength, and invited pressure upon themselves.

It was a surprise considering so many of the Socceroos...

Iraq snatch late 1-1 AFC WCQ draw against Australia in Group B

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Australia's late surge was not enough as a resilient Iraq held the Aussies to a 1-1 draw in Group B of AFC WCQ.

The Socceroos have escaped with a nerve-wracking 1-1 draw against Iraq amid dreadful conditions in Tehran to leave their 2018 AFC World Cup qualification hopes in the balance.

Mathew Leckie gave Australia the lead with a 40th minute header from an Aaron Mooy corner kick but Iraq's attacking persistence paid off through substitute Ahmed Yasin's second-half equaliser.

It came as coach Ange Postecoglou boldly unveiled a brand new 3-4-3 formation at the PAS Stadium and the players took some time to...