Australia has progressed to the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship 2012 after defeating Oman 2-1 in Tehran.
Josh MacDonald gave the Joeys the lead in 16th minute when he successfully got on the end of an Alex Gersbach corner.
Hatem Sultan equalised from the penalty spot for the Omani’s early in the second-half.
Joeys captain James Baldacchino scored the winner for his team three minutes from full-time to secure a valuable three points and progression to the next round of the competition.
Joeys coach Alistair Edwards was very proud of his team in what was arguably its best performance of the tournament so far.
"This was a very exciting game for all to see and the first half was our best performance of the tournament so far," said Edwards.
"With the lead at half-time, we knew that Oman would come out strong at the start of the second-half and for the first twenty minutes we had to weather a tough storm.
"Midway through the second-half we made some tactical changes to get control of the midfield and they paid off as we took back control of the match.
"James's winning goal was well worked and a just reward for our efforts in the lead up.
"Looking towards our next match, even though both teams have qualified for the quarter-finals, we still want to finish on top of the group and that is how we will approach the game," concluded Edwards.
In the other group B match, Iraq defeated Thailand 2-0.
The Joeys will meet Iraq in their final group B match on Wednesday, 26 September (7.30pm AEST).
The tournament semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup which will be held in the United Arab Emirates in late 2013.
Australia U16: 1. Andre JANNESE (gk), 3. Aaron CALVER, 4. Jack IREDALE, 5. James BALDACCHINO (c), 8. Kevin LY, 9. Joshua MACDONALD, 10. Daniel DE SILVA, 11. Alex GERSBACH, 13. Rocco PIZZATA (14. Matthew STEWART 66’), 19. Taylor TOMBIDES (7. Steve KUZMANOVSKI 64’), 20. Hyuga TANNER (6. Liam ROSE 70’)
Alistair Edwards has accepted a three-year contract to coach Perth Glory, with Tony Vidmar likely to assume the position as manager of Australia’s Under-17s side.