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WC Qualification Asia

  • 4 June 2013
  • • 20:34
  • • Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
  • Referee: Nawaf Shukralla
  • • Attendance: 62172

Live Commentary

  • 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'
    SubstitutionRobbie Kruse Archie Thompson
  • 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
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Matt McKay
  • 89'
    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
  • 88'
    SubstitutionShinji Okazaki Hiroshi Kiyotake
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Mark Bresciano
  • 87'
    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?
  • 86'
    SubstitutionAtsuto Uchida Mike Havenaar
  • 82'
    Goal Tommy Oar
  • 82'
    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
  • 81'
  • 80'
    SubstitutionRyoichi Maeda Yuzo Kurihara
  • 76'
    HUGE CHANCE for Australia. Wilkshire finds space and crosses low, Cahill meets it with a firm strike but it's brilliantly blocked by Yoshida
  • 74'
    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
  • 72'
    SubstitutionBrett Holman Dario Vidosic
  • 71'
    It's been 13 shots to seven in favour of Japan. The home side have had a few more quality chances too
  • 70'
    Oar flights free kick into the six-yard box but Okazaki manages to hook the ball clear and relieve the pressure
  • 67'
    Honda shoots powerfully but it is straight at Schwarzer. He has been a rock for Australia tonight
  • 66'
    Very soft free kick given by the referee on Maeda. Set piece to come from the right channel
  • 66'
    You sense that there are goals in this game. One from either side will completely open up this clash
  • 62'
    Honda takes a free kick from a dangerous position 30 yards out. But his shot doesn't dip enough and trouble Schwarzer
  • 61'
    McKay whips in the cross but Holman can't make sweet connection on his header and the chance is gone
  • 60'
    Polenghi: Kagawa and Honda now linking up well, some spectacular moments...
  • 59'
    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
  • 56'
    If anything is likely to happen for Japan you can be almost be assured that Honda and Kagawa will be involved. Superb players
  • 50'
    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...
  • 45'
    Okazaki cuts inside but his shot is directly at Schwarzer
  • 44'
    Both teams have had one golden chance to score. Japan shading possession however
  • 40'
    Japan trying to pass their way through the Australian defence, but the Socceroos are keeping their shape well and closing all the gaps
  • 37'
    Milligan inches away from giving away a penalty but he manages to toe the ball away from Kagawa and out for a corner
  • 35'
    Huge missed chance for Australia
  • 33'
    Kruse runs into the channel, squares to Cahill but cleared for a corner
  • 31'
    Kruse streaks past the last defender but leaves the ball behind. Would have been a chance if he had taken it in his stride
  • 30'
    Cahill threatens in the six-yard box but the ref blows as he climbs on Uchida's back
  • 30'
    Honda is a constant thorn in the Australian defence. Continually drives at the back four looking to spread the ball wide
  • 26'
    Corner to Australia, Wilkshire puts it into the area but Neill can't direct his header on goal and Japan clear
  • 23'
    Cahill's shot from the free-kick is spooned over
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Makoto Hasebe
  • 22'
    Hasebe picks up a yellow for fouling Oar on the byline.
  • 22'
    Australia defending bravely.... and also threatening on the break. Japan quality evident, however.
  • 19'
    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
  • 17'
    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
  • 16'
    Endo drops the shoulder and gets around Bresciano, then just blasts his shot over the bar. Terrific skill and huge warning sign for Australia
  • 15'
    Polenghi: Australia defense very tight, Japan trying to tiki-taka around it.
  • 12'
    Holman gets Australia's first shot on goal but his long-range effort drifts wide
  • 11'
    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
  • 7'
    Japan with a free kick in a dangerous position - but wide by Endo
  • 6'
    There is still question marks over the central defensive pairing of Neill and Ognenovski. Not much game time or form there
  • 5'
    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
  • 3'
    Combative start here. No clear chances. Both teams looked switched on early
  • 1'
    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.