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Australia fight back to eventually overcome Thailand

Australia's qualification for the 2014 World Cup almost got off to a bad start as they overcame a tardy beginning to defeat Thailand 2-1 in Brisbane on Friday night.

The Socceroos conceded to the 120th-ranked Thai side in the 15th minute when Teerasil Dangda found the back of the net and it took Holger Osieck's men until just before the hour-mark to grab an equaliser through Josh Kennedy.

Australia were the far more attacking of the two sides as Thailand looked to hold onto their lead but once the leveler came, it seemed just a matter of time until the home side would score again.

That goal came when Alex Brosque replaced Brett Emerton with ten minutes remaining before helping himself to the winner in the 86th minute to kickstart the Socceroos' Asian qualifying campaign with a vital three points.

Australia next take on Saudi Arabia in Dammam on Tuesday in their second match of Group D following the Saudis meeting with Oman later this evening.

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Andrew Slevison
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