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Key Events

90'
R. Kruse
Yellow Card
89'
Y. Kubo
T. Asano
87'
S. Okazaki
Y. Ōsako
86'
M. Amini
J. Irvine
82'
Y. Ideguchi
Goal
75'
G. Haraguchi
T. Inui
70'
T. Cahill
T. Rogić
61'
T. Jurić
J. Troisi
44'
Y. Ōsako
Yellow Card
41'
T. Asano
Goal
Kick Off
3
1
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
9
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 1
Total Passes 305 627

Commentary

FULL TIME - The full time whistle sounds and Japan have qualified for the 2018 Russia World Cup, after they beat Australia 2-0.
90' + 2' Kubo is threatening to slip one past Ryan, but he has three defender around him and in the end he turns the ball over.
R. Kruse
Yellow Card
Australia
90' Yellow card Robbie Kruse
90' We have three minutes of additional time to play for the match.
Y. Kubo
T. Asano
Japan
89' SUBSTITUTION JAPAN - Japan clear their bench with goal scorer, Takuma Asano coming off and Yuya Kubo is on the ground to replace him.
S. Okazaki
Y. Ōsako
Japan
87' SUBSTITUTION JAPAN - Yūya Ōsako takes a well earned rest with Shinji Okazaki to replace him.
M. Amini
J. Irvine
Australia
86' SUBSTITUTION SOCCEROOS - Australia make their third and final change with Jackson Irvine making way for Mustafa Amini.
84' Australia are shell-shocked, as they will need to rely on Japan for a win next week and them having to beat Thailand to qualify for the World Cup.
Y. Ideguchi
Goal
Japan
82' GOAL JAPAN - Haraguchi crosses it into the path of Ideguchi, who strikes it with vigour, as Ryan dives away to his left, with the ball going into the top of the net. Japan lead Australia 2-0.
82' Osako has possession of the ball at the edge of the box, he lashes it over the crossbar and misses a golden opportunity for Japan.
80' It is starting to escalate at the moment, as the coach of Japan intervenes onto the ground, forcing the referee to stop the match and give him a stern warning.
79' Leckie loses the ball in the middle, as the Japanese are away.
77' Sainsbury with a goal line clearance forcing Ryan to make the save, with the Socceroos lucky to get away with that one.
G. Haraguchi
T. Inui
Japan
75' SUBSTITUTION JAPAN - Japan make their first change of the match with Takashi Inui making way for Genki Haraguchi.
73' Time is not a factor that is on the Socceroos side at the moment. They need to score and do it now.
71' Kruse from behind, squares it up for Juric, but he can't get to it, Cahill is a little over zealous, as Kruse puts it into the back of the net, but there was a whistle. No goal has been paid.
T. Cahill
T. Rogić
Australia
70' SUBSTITUTION SOCCEROOS - Tom Rogić heads off for an early shower and Tim Cahill runs onto the ground.
70' Leckie arrives on time, as he crosses it into the box for Kruse, but it is just wide of the post.
69' It looks like Cahill is about to be injected into the match, as he prepares on the side line.
67' There is plenty of firepower on the Japanese bench which is not what the Socceroos want to hear.
65' Japan are back in control of the football, as they look to go out to a comfortable lead.
63' Whilst there is plenty of time left in this one, it feels as though the Socceroos need to level the scores about now, to give them a chance of winning.
T. Jurić
J. Troisi
Australia
61' SUBSTITUTION SOCCEROOS - James Troisi's number flashes up on the board, meaning his night is done, as he is replaced by Tomi Jurić.
59' Rogic needs to do a little bit more, if the Socceroos are going to be able to turn their current predicament around.
57' Sainsbury with a real good challenge inside the box, conceding the corner to Japan.
55' Australia are under the pump currently as Japan continue to press their defence.
53' Ryan is being heavily tested by Sakai, as Ryan concedes the corner kick with the Australian defenders on red alert.
52' It is starting to look likely that Australia are looking to the bench, for some fresh legs.
50' The Socceroos have produced a couple of good pieces of attacking play after a slow start to the second half.
48' The Socceroos start to turn over the ball in a very sloppy start to the second half.
46' SECOND HALF - Japan kick off to get this second half under way.
HALF TIME - Japan go into the half time break holding a 1-0 lead over Australia.
45' We have one minute of additional time to play for the first half.
Y. Ōsako
Yellow Card
Japan
44' YELLOW CARD JAPAN - Yūya Ōsako is awarded a yellow card, after his over the top goal celebration.
43' Australia need to be careful here, as they wouldn't want to concede a second goal, right before half time.
T. Asano
Goal
Japan
41' GOAL JAPAN - Nagatamo crosses it into the box as Asano is unmarked deep in attack, after Smith leaves him on his own, he taps it past Ryan for the opening goal of the match. Japan lead Australia 1-0.
38' Leckie takes the shot on goal, Luongo with the deflection and it is just wide. That was the Socceroos best chance on scoring.
35' Asano is at the back post, he is being pressured by Milligan, who force Asano's header wide.
34' Smith has the ball inside the box, but his first touch on the ball is a little heavy as it goes past Kawashima for a goal kick.
32' Rogic is looking dangerous, but his shot on goal is wide of the mark.
30' Japan are definitely feeling the heat, not wanting to go to Saudi Arabia next week, looking for a result.
28' The Socceroos have had 65% of the possession, but have been unable to make it count on the scoreboard.
26' The Socceroos rebound from defence, turning it into instant attack. This looks promising as Rogic fires one at Kawashima, but he has it under control.
24' Japan gather possession as they take it through the midfield, looking for a way into attack.
22' Cahill is warming up on the bench, hoping to add to his 100 caps for the Socceroos.
20' Australia are enjoying a steady period inside their attacking half, but they need to push it past Kawashima, to make it count.
18' It is a fast moving game at the moment, with the ball moving swiftly all over the ground.
16' The Socceroos are doing well when they hold possession, but Japan don't mind Australia with the ball as they will force the error.
14' Inui has it open up for him, as he shoots for goal, but Ryan was nowhere near it. The ref has awarded a corner kick. The crowd are scratching their heads over that decision.
12' The Socceroos are starting to wear down the enthusiasm of the Japanese team, as they play a game of keeping off, in the middle of the ground.
10' Australia are starting to rack up the passes, as they keep the ball away from the Japan attacking half.
8' Rogic with a hook shot on goal, but it didn't really have the power or direction to trouble Kawashima.
6' The good news for the Socceroos is they are starting to take the ball away from the danger zone.
4' The Socceroos are just weathering the storm at the moment, knowing what is on the line for them tonight.
2' Japan has started the game primed for action, as they have spent the majority of the time inside their attacking half.
1' FIRST HALF - The Socceroos kick off and we are under way.
TEAMS - AUSTRALIA (3-2-4-1)  STARTING XI - Ryan (GK); Spiranovic, Sainsbury, Milligan (c); Luongo, Irvine; Smith, Troisi, Rogic, Leckie; Kruse.  SUBSTITUTIONS -  Federici (GK), Vukovic (GK), Degenek, Cahill, Wright, Juric, Maclaren, Amini, Gersbach, Mabil, McGowan. 
TEAMS - JAPAN (4-3-3)  STARTING XI - Kawashima (GK); Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Hasebe (c), Ideguchi, Yamaguchi; Asano, Osako, Inui.  SUBSTITUTIONS - Higashiguchi (GK), Nakamura (GK), Honda, Miura, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Okazaki, Kagawa, Kubo, Kobayashi, Makino, Sakai. 
Australia will be disappointed to lose Mooy for the match with illness, but they are also in a position, where a win tonight will guarantee them at least a play off spot in the World Cup.
The equation for Japan is simple, a win and they are guaranteed a place in the World Cup.
Welcome to Saitama Stadium 2002 for the World Cup Qualifier between Japan and Australia.
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