World Cup - Australia draw as Brazil build-up starts

Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa as the finalists began their preparations in earnest on Monday with the start of the World Cup just 17 days away.

World Cup - Australia draw as Brazil build-up starts

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Australia's Tim Cahill

Australia showed few signs that they might buck their underdog status at the World Cup as they struggled to a tepid draw against an under-strength South Africa in Syndey.

More than 50,000 turned out at the Olympic Stadium to bid farewell to the Socceroos before they depart for the finals but the home side laboured to break down Bafana Bafana.

Both the goals came inside a minute early in the first half with Ayanda Patosi's 13th-minute effort for South Africa cancelled out by Australia's stand-in captain and leading international goalscorer Tim Cahill.

Australia face world champions Spain, 2010 runners-up the Netherlands Chile in Brazil.

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