The Socceroos narrowly avoided being defeated by Thailand in a World Cup Qualifier in Bangkok, but still have to live with the disgrace of being drawn by an opponent that should have been fodder rife for conquest.
The 2 -2 draw represents a blow to Australian hopes to be participants in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia. The Socceroos dismal performance was an echo of the hit to national pride that the recent cricket debacle against the South African Proteas in WACA play represented.
The draw against Thailand, combined with Japan’s 2 – 1 defeat of Saudi Arabia in another crucial Group B game dropped the Aussie side to third in the group.
The Socceroos got off to a good start early on when captain Mile Jedniak scored eight minutes in, but the hosts’ Teerasil Dengda replied with a move that left the defenders baffled.
Teerasil converted again to give Thailand the lead off a 57th minute penalty to Matthew Leckie.
It required another penalty for Australia to even the affair, when Jedniak won and converted another penalty in the 65th minute.
The Thailand side kept up a relentless attack that failed only due to a clutch late save by Mat Ryan.