On June 12, 2006 at the FIFA World Cup in Germany the face of Australian soccer changed forever. In a match between Australia and Japan at the Fritz Walter Stadium on June 12, 2006 in Kaiserslautern, Australia looked down and out but with minutes to go Tim Cahill secured a win for the team with two memorable goals, and John Aloisi sealed the result with a scorcher minutes from time. The Socceroos had created history not only by scoring a goal in the World Cup but, they had also won their first ever World Cup game. Fast forward 12 months and the Socceroos are now highly fancied to take out the 2007 Asian Cup. With some new faces and Graham Arnold as coach the team arrived in Singapore on the 21st of June in hot and humid conditions to acclimatise before heading to Thailand for their first group match against Oman. The Australians took on Oman in a tough fought match with Oman scoring the opening goal and putting the Socceroos under pressure. A lot of time wasting by Oman didn’t help the Socceroos, but second half substitute Tim Cahill came to the rescue only minutes from time to score and level the scores. Australia next plays Iraq on July 13th.
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