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Goals by Mark Bresciano in the 15th minute and the New York Red Bulls’ Tim Cahill in the 61st, both off Kruse passes, built Australia’s lead at Melbourne. Kruse scored in the 76th, and Lucas Neill added his first international in the 84th.

At Seoul, Akmal Shorakhmedov’s own goal in the 42nd minute boosted Group A leader South Korea (4-1-2), which remained one point ahead of Iran (4-2-1) and moved three ahead of Uzbekistan (3-2-2).

Iran won 4-0 at home over last-place Lebanon (1-5-2) as Javad Nekonam scored twice, and Mohammad Khalatbari and Reza Ghoochannej had had a goal apiece.

South Korea hosts Iran on June 18, when Uzbekistan is home against Qatar (2-4-1).