Paraguay, Aussies draw 1-1

Brisbane, October 7 :

Substitute Michael Beauchamp’s own goal in stoppage time on Saturday canceled out the goal that veteran Tony Popovic thought had given Australia a win over Paraguay in his last international.

Popovic’s header from a Mark Bresciano free kick in the 88th minute gave Australia a 1-0

lead after a long period of possession that produced five scoring chances.

But Paraguay got a lucky equalizer three minutes into injury time to make it 1-1 in a friendly international.

Beauchamp, playing only his fourth international match, replaced Popovic and had only been on the field a minute before the own goal.

The match marked the end of Paraguay captain Carlos Gamarra’s 109-match international career. Gamarra was replaced in the 64th minute and his departure changed the complexion of the match.

The Paraguay back four that had shut down Australia’s opportunities in the opening hour became more susceptible.

Jason Culina drove a shot directly at Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar in the 78th and Vince Grella pushed a shot from the right edge of the area across the face of goal. Another powerful Culina shot brushed the side netting.

Bresciano was off target with his free kicks in the first half but picked out unmarked Popovic from the left side two minutes from regulation time and the veteran defender did the rest.

Popovic left the field to rousing applause and was not even watching when Beauchamp headed Diego Gavilan’s lofted speculator past goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and into the back of his own net.