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Japan Qualify For Brazil 2014

Japan have qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after a 1-1 draw with Australia on Tuesday.

The result means that Japan have secured enough points to book their place as an Asian representative in Brazil next year.

The Socceroos meanwhile, are left to slug it out with Oman, Jordan and Iraq for a ticket to Brazil, with one qualifying match remaining.

Cult favourite, Keisuke Honda, was the hero for Japan, scoring a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot.

The hard-working Aussies looked set for the win after scoring a lucky opener eight minutes from time.

21-year-old forward, Tommy Oar, who plays for Dutch club FC Utrecht, attempted to fire in a cross from out wide.

It was such a woeful cross that it went nowhere near its intended targets in Japan’s box. More importantly though, it flummoxed Japan ‘keeper Kawashima in flight, to loop into the net.

The goal was no reason to panic  for Japan, who still had another game to secure the point to get them to Brazil.

But in the 90th minute, Aussie midfielder Matt McKay conceded a handball in the area.

Up stepped Japanese national hero Honda to smash the spot kick home, sending the Saitama Stadium into raptures, and the Samurai Blue to Brazil.   

Group A: Japan

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