Friday, 1 September 2017

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 - QUALIFICATIONS - JAPAN

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 - QUALIFICATIONS - JAPAN


Japan's national team became the second country in Asia to ensure themselves qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals. Success was obtained thanks to a 2-0 victory over Australia at Saitama Stadium on Thursday (08/31/2017).

Earlier, Iran became Asia's first country to secure a place in the 2018 World Cup finals. That's because Iran dominates the competition in Group A round 3 of the Asian zone qualifiers inhabited by South Korea, Uzbekistan, Syria, Qatar and China.

If Iran comes to power in Group A, Group B also belongs to Japan. They won the competition with Saudi Arabia, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Thailand. In fact, Japan is also still collecting one game remaining.

When against Australia, Japan is able to open the scoring thanks to the help of Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo. 30-year-old player was creating assists that maximized Takuma Asano in the 41st minute.

It took a long time for Japan to score a second goal. They had to wait until the 82nd minute when Yosuke Ideguchi maximized Genki Haraguchi's bait. Thanks to that victory, the collection of 20 Japanese points as a champion of Group A is not able to be pursued by anyone.

Successful passes to the 2018 World Cup left the Japanese national team maintaining a positive trend. Since the 1998 World Cup in France, they have always qualified for the finals in every edition.

On the other hand, Australia still has a chance of passing directly to the finals. The condition, they must beat Thailand in the last match of Group B. If finishing in third place, Australia must undergo a playoff match against third place of Group B and the winner will play intercontinental playoff play against CONCACAF representative.

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 - QUALIFICATIONS - JAPAN



Line Up of Players:

Japan: Kawashima; Yoshida, Nagatomo, Sakai, Shoji, Hasebe, Inui (Haraguchi 75), Ideguchi, Osako (Okazaki 87), Asano (Kubo 89)

Australia: Ryan; Spiranovic, Sainsbury, Smith, Milligan, Leckie, Luongo, Irvine (Amini 86), Rogic (Cahill 70), Troisi (Juric 61)