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Phoenix winger scores stunning free kick for Australian junior side

The Olyroos have drawn 1-1 with Iraq in their opening Group A match at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand.

Reno Piscopo scored a stunning free kick to give Australia the lead just after the hour mark, before Mohammad Qasem found the net to earn Iraq a point at Thammasat Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, Wellington Phoneix winger Piscopo found the top corner with a powerful strike after being tripped by Mohammed Ridha Jalil 30 yards from goal.

Iraq substitute Qasem then came off the bench to rescue a point.

Eight minutes after his introduction, Qasem rode a tackle before curling a superb strike past the diving Thomas Glover, finding the bottom corner via the inside of the post in the 77th minute.

The Olyroos almost grabbed a late winner, but defender Dylan Ryan's glancing header came back off the post.

"This goal, I dedicate it to the families back home in Australia, the victims, so it was special for me," Piscopo said afterwards.

A moment's silence was held prior to kick off in memory of those affected by the fires in Australia.