Japan vs Socceroos: 2013 East Asian Cup live scores, blog

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    Japan V Australia


    Japan Match Completed Australia
    13 SHOTS 11
    11 SHOTS ON GOAL 8
    13 FOULS 10
    4 CORNERS 4
    1 OFFSIDES 2
    50 POSSESSION 50

    The Socceroos‘ 2013 East Asian Cup continues tonight when they meet rivals Japan. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 9.00pm AEST.

    The Socceroos go into the second of their three East Asian Cup fixtures with a point after a 0-0 draw with Korea on Saturday night.

    In truth, Holger Osieck’s side stumbled through the 90 minutes against the home nation, and had it not been for the performance of goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic would have been on the receiving end of a two or three-goal defeat.

    Given the majority of the squad are in the early stages of A-League club pre-seasons it was to be expected, and regardless of how they achieved it keeping a clean sheet against a sharp Korean side is a positive.

    Osieck’s midfield combination of Ruben Zadkovich, Mark Milligan and Dario Vidosic were overrun in the middle and the coach may want to bring in a player capable of better distribution, such as Aaron Mooy or Matt McKay.

    But whether he takes a risk with the less experienced Mooy – something he isn’t known for – remains to be seen.

    Japan also come into tonight with a point after their opening fixture, a 3-3 draw against China.

    Alberto Zaccheroni’s side led with ten minutes remaining against the Chinese, but conceded twice in the space of six minutes to throw away a 3-1 lead.

    Like Osieck, Zaccheroni has selected a largely youth-based lineup after having taken his first team to the Confederations Cup last month.

    Inexperienced defending cost Japan on the weekend and it could be an avenue for the Socceroos to exploit – providing they do a better job of retaining the ball here. If they don’t, it could be a long night chasing it.

    Here’s hoping we see a drastically better Socceroos tonight. We’ll have live scores from 9.00pm AEST.

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    26' GOAL - Manabu Saito (Japan)

    56' GOAL - Yuya Osako (Japan)

    57' YELLOW CARD - Yuya Osako (Japan)

    76' GOAL - Mitchell Duke (Australia)

    79' GOAL - Tomi Juric (Australia)

    80' GOAL - Yuya Osako (Japan)

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    • Roar Guru

      Cameron Kellett said | 4:39am | ! Report

      Unfortunately not the case as I wake. I thought Japan would win. Unlucky boys. Hopefully HO plays a whole new team for the next game to show us what others are capable of.

    • 11:06pm
      Qantas Supports Australian Football said | 11:06pm | ! Report

      Well done Holger good subs and a great fight back.. A-League closing the gap on the J-League

    • 11:03pm
      muti said | 11:03pm | ! Report

      Excellent Reporting Chad and the team at ROAR. Keep it up.


    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 10:56pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME Japan 3-2 Socceroos

      Well, that is the end of the Socceroos’ ‘hopes’ of winning the East Asian Cup. They’ll be able to console themselves with the fact they were able to come from two goals down, with Duke and Juric, who had been on the pitch for only four minutes, scoring in quick succession to bring it back to 2-2 in the 78th minute. Unfortunately, the Socceroos forgot to switch on and from the kick-off conceded immediately, with Osako beating North and finishing from outside the area.

      After a poor performance on Saturday night, the Socceroos can at least say that they were able to dictate proceedings in some parts of the game, without ever really troubling Japan outside of a five-minute period. Interestingly, Osieck’s substitutes Mitch Nicholls and Tom Juric both had a hand in changing the game when they came on. Will Holger give them a start now that winning the tournament is no longer a possibility?

    • 10:55pm
      Titus said | 10:55pm | ! Report

      Despite the result that was a much better performance than the game against Korea, some very, very nice passages there, well done guys.

    • 10:55pm
      AZ_RBB said | 10:55pm | ! Report

      would like to see us do what Japan did for this game. put on an entirely different team. Juric and Sainsbury must get full games.

      • 1:24am
        Jukes said | 1:24am | ! Report

        I am super excited about Tommy running around for WSW this coming season. He looks like a gun. I thought the boys fought back great, cant complain about the effort. I would have LOVED to have seen Goodwin come on a little bit earlier, maybe even starting. The left back spot is still up for grabs as far as I am concerned. I am still not totally convinced about McKay filling that role to be honest. Milligan didnt have his best game from what I saw of the firsts half, but thats ok. He is entitled to have an off night every now and then. I only saw the last 15 -20 mins of the 2nd half when the comeback was on.

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 10:52pm | ! Report

      90 + 3′ Japan 3-2 Socceroos

      Well, well. Zadkovich picks up the ball from the Socceroos’ last throw of the dice, takes two touches, looks up and from 25 yards clips and half-cross half-shot but really is neither and it bounces tamely at the feet of the keeper. That will be that.

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 10:50pm | ! Report

      90 + 2′ Japan 3-2 Socceroos

      Milligan and Nicholls play in a triangle that tries to play in Duke, whose run isn’t quite timed well enough and his opponent uses his body to shield the ball and then cleverly draw the foul. Looks like Japan will hang on…

    • 10:49pm
      Realfootball said | 10:49pm | ! Report

      VIdmar and Holger side by side on the bench. God help us.

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 10:48pm | ! Report

      90′ Japan 3-2 Socceroos

      Into the last minute of regulation. Japan look like they’ve steadied and are beginning to slow the game down – although with that said, they just pump a ball down into Galekovic’s eighteen, which he collects quickly and moves the ball on.

      Three minutes of stoppage time.

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