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WC Qualification Asia
4 June 2013
• Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla
• Attendance: 62172
K. Honda 90'+
T. Oar 82'
Japan are now officially qualified for Brazil 2014 while the Socceroos will now need to need to win both games at home against Jordan and Iraq
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
Honda plants the penalty straight down the middle and gets the equaliser for the home side!!
90' + 1'
Penalty Goal Keisuke Honda
90' + 1'
PENALTY JAPAN. Handball against McKay
Yellow Card Matt McKay
Honda with the free-kick from a deep position. His delivery is too heavy and Australia can breathe a sigh of relief. Not long in normal time to go
Yellow Card Mark Bresciano
Can Australia hold on? This would be a massive result for the Socceroos' WC qualifying campaign!! Japan are going to throw everything at Australia. Can they find an equaliser?
Goal Thomas Oar
What a moment here in Saitama. Oar's cross from outside the box is deflected and loops over the keeper and into the far cornet. What a turn-up
HUGE CHANCE for Australia. Wilkshire finds space and crosses low, Cahill meets it with a firm strike but it's brilliantly blocked by Yoshida
Kagawa crosses but it's way too deep for Maeda and the goes out for a goal kick. Lull in the game at the moment
It's been 13 shots to seven in favour of Japan. The home side have had a few more quality chances too
Oar flights free kick into the six-yard box but Okazaki manages to hook the ball clear and relieve the pressure
Honda shoots powerfully but it is straight at Schwarzer. He has been a rock for Australia tonight
Very soft free kick given by the referee on Maeda. Set piece to come from the right channel
You sense that there are goals in this game. One from either side will completely open up this clash
Honda takes a free kick from a dangerous position 30 yards out. But his shot doesn't dip enough and trouble Schwarzer
McKay whips in the cross but Holman can't make sweet connection on his header and the chance is gone
Polenghi: Kagawa and Honda now linking up well, some spectacular moments...
Kagawa causing havoc. Needs a game-saving tackle from Ognenovski, then moments later he grazes the upright from wide on the right with a delicate chip
If anything is likely to happen for Japan you can be almost be assured that Honda and Kagawa will be involved. Superb players
Tommy Oar getting involved well in this half but is being well marshaled by Kanno
Fantastic atmosphere and really enjoyable game. The paradox is that Japan would need just one point, but they're clearly playing to win this. Australia very dangerous on a couple of occasions. Really opened game for the second half.
Japan way more bodacious than usual - clearly they were instructed to play up to Australia on a physical level too...
Okazaki cuts inside but his shot is directly at Schwarzer
Both teams have had one golden chance to score. Japan shading possession however
Japan trying to pass their way through the Australian defence, but the Socceroos are keeping their shape well and closing all the gaps
Milligan inches away from giving away a penalty but he manages to toe the ball away from Kagawa and out for a corner
Huge missed chance for Australia
Kruse runs into the channel, squares to Cahill but cleared for a corner
Kruse streaks past the last defender but leaves the ball behind. Would have been a chance if he had taken it in his stride
Cahill threatens in the six-yard box but the ref blows as he climbs on Uchida's back
Honda is a constant thorn in the Australian defence. Continually drives at the back four looking to spread the ball wide
Corner to Australia, Wilkshire puts it into the area but Neill can't direct his header on goal and Japan clear
Cahill's shot from the free-kick is spooned over
Yellow Card Makoto Hasebe
Hasebe picks up a yellow for fouling Oar on the byline.
Australia defending bravely.... and also threatening on the break. Japan quality evident, however.
WHAT A STOP by Schwarzer with his left palm. Kagawa shoots from the top of the six yard box but the Aussie veteran stands tall
Australia have their first serious chance. Cahill probes into the box and then pulls back to Holman, who can't quite hit the target. Clever interplay
Endo drops the shoulder and gets around Bresciano, then just blasts his shot over the bar. Terrific skill and huge warning sign for Australia
Polenghi: Australia defense very tight, Japan trying to tiki-taka around it.
Holman gets Australia's first shot on goal but his long-range effort drifts wide
Japan look dangerous when they have the ball at their feet in attack. Players of the quality of Kagawa, Honda and Endo pulling the strings in midfield
Japan with a free kick in a dangerous position - but wide by Endo
There is still question marks over the central defensive pairing of Neill and Ognenovski. Not much game time or form there
Australian fans were happy with the line-up before the game. Osieck selecting an attacking team that appears to be the strongest selected in quite a while
Combative start here. No clear chances. Both teams looked switched on early
We are off and away in Japan!!
Japan can qualify for Brazil 2014 with a point tonight while the Socceroos can make their path easier with a win or draw, with games against Jordan and Iraq at home to come
Japan XI: Kawashima, Nagatomo, Yoshida, Konno, Uchida, Endo, Hasebe, Kagawa, Honda, Okazaki, Maeda
Socceroos XI: Schwarzer, Wilkshire, Neil, Ognenovski, McKay, Milligan, Bresciano, Oar, Kruse, Holman, Cahill
Polenghi: The stadium applauds - about 1500 Aussies sing from the bottom of their lungs
Welcome to the Saitama for tonight's clash as Japan host the Socceroos in this crucial WCQ.
Colour from our man at the stadium, Japan chief editor Cesare Polenghi: Teams getting on pitch now, 50,000 people screaming
Around 40 minutes from kick-off... Australia's starting XI is as we predicted in the preview.
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