Wednesday 05 June 2013
An injury-time penalty that beat Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer earned Japan a 1-1 draw with Australia in Saitama, which was enough to guarantee top spot in Group B of Asian Football Confederation qualifying.
Australia, for whom Aston Villa’s Brett Holman also started, lie third in the group on seven points after six matches, two points behind Oman, who occupy the second automatic qualifying spot after beating Iraq 1-0, having played a game more.
In Group A, Kim Bo-kyung of Barclays Premier League newcomers Cardiff City started for South Korea as they also shared a 1-1 draw with Lebanon in Beirut. The point kept South Korea top of the group, ahead of Uzbekistan on goal difference with Iran, who edged a 1-0 success against Qatar, a point back.
In the CONCACAF qualifying group a Mexico side featuring Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez edged a 1-0 victory over Jamaica to move top of the section, level on points with Panama. The defeat ended the Reggae Boyz' hopes of reaching next year’s tournament in Brazil.
Asian Football Confederation
Lebanon 1-1 South Korea
Qatar 0-1 Iran
Japan 1-1 Australia
Oman 1-0 Iraq
Jamaica 0-1 Mexico