Striker Alex Brosque scored in the 86th minute to give Australia a 2-1 win over Thailand and help avoid an embarrassing start for the Socceroos in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Brosque scored the winner with a left-footed tap-in, completing the hosts' comeback from a first-half devicit.

Striker Teerasil Dangda had given Thailand a shock 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on a perfectly executed 70-meter counter-attack despite Australia dominating possession.

Josh Kennedy equalized for Australia in the 58th.

The other teams in Group D, Oman and Saudi Arabia, play later Friday.