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Japan vs Australia

FIFA World Cup - 2014 Qualifiers - Asian Region - Final Round - Group B - Match 6
Japan vs Australia
at Saitama Stadium, Japan on 2013-06-04T10:00:00
Score: 1-1 (0-0)
Scorers: Tommy Oar (81')
Official Info: FIFA Details
Previous Match: Australia vs Oman
Next Match: Australia vs Jordan

A fascinating game with a much improved performance from Australia. Up against an in-form Japan, at home, at a stadium they haven't lost at for yonks, with qualification completed if they got a result, we were really up against it. In a surprisingly open game we almost pulled off a famous victory before having to settle for a draw.

With SBS TV showing the match on delay, I was able to watch at home. I was expecting a very tight, tactical battle, but instead was rewarded with an open game as both sides went on the attack. Japan was clearly the superior force, but they didn't have it all their own way. We had several nervous moments but our defence was resolute. Meanwhile we created several good chances. Both goalkeepers made a stunning save apiece. 0-0 at half-time.

More of the same in the second half. We broke through with a lucky goal to Tommy Oar in the 81st minute - his first for Australia. While not exactly undeserved, to get a win would would be massive. Unfortunately a hand-ball in injury time meant the match finished 1-1. It's a result we probably would have taken before the match, but was very disappointing given how close we came to winning.

Japan are off to Brazil, while the result doesn't really help us much. The point might prove handy, but it's little better than a loss. A win would have really helped our campaign. So on to Melbourne next week, where we simply must win.