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Australia vs Japan

FIFA World Cup - 2018 Qualifiers - Asian Region - Round 3 - Group B - Match 4
Australia vs Japan
at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia on 2016-10-11T09:00:00
Score: 1-1 (0-1)
Scorers: Mile Jedinak (52' P)
Official Info: Socceroos
Previous Match: Saudi Arabia vs Australia
Next Match: Thaliand vs Australia

Australia at home to Japan is now one of the big matches to look forward to. Unfortunately we got off to our second consecutive poor start, conceding another early goal. Our performance in the first half was (being kind) below par. Postecoglou later described it as a wasted 45 minutes.

In the second half we improved and found an equaliser via the penalty spot. Both sides had excellent chances to clinch the three points but it finished in a draw. Australia will be disappointed with their first half. While we're undefeated, our group is now wide open. Japan will probably also be disappointed they didn't come away with a win. Overall the big occasion left us wanting more.