Japan vs Australia highlights: Socceroos World Cup qualifier scores, blog

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    Japan v Australia

    Saitama Stadium 2002, 31 August, 2017

    Japan Full Time Australia
    2 0
    18 SHOTS 5
    6 FOULS 12
    8 CORNERS 3
    1 OFFSIDES 1

    Match result:

    The Samurai Blue have beaten the Socceroos 2-0 at the Saitama Stadium and fully deserved their victory.

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    Final score
    Japan 2
    Australia 0

    Match preview:

    Japan and Australia meet in a crucial World Cup qualification clash as the race for Russia 2018 reaches its penultimate round of matches. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8:35pm (AEST).

    The UAE have done both the Socceroos and Japan a favour with their shock victory against Saudi Arabia mid-week and this game now looms as a chance for the two combatants to lock in a place in an automatic qualifying position.

    Final standings will not be known until the next round is completed, but a win tonight puts Japan well clear and cements their position at the top of the ladder.

    A Socceroos win would see them assume top spot and, with the Thailand clash looming next week, presents the chance for the team to remain undefeated through the entire qualifying campaign.

    It has been an extended period since the Australians last tasted victory against the Samurai Blue and tonight they will face a world-class Japan, blessed with talent all over the park. How Ange Postecoglou approaches his structure will be fascinating.

    Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic loom as potential ‘ins’ after missing Australia’s last match of the Confederations Cup, a performance still being lauded as one of the Socceroos best in some time. Who to leave out, is the key question for the manager.

    In one of Asian football’s best rivalries, the two teams will throw everything they have at each other, knowing the carrot of qualification is before their very eyes.

    The class of the Japanese team will dominate at times, yet Australia will look dangerous in front of goal after their solid performances in the Confederations Cup.

    Look for plenty of goals to be scored as both teams attack the game.

    Japan 2, Australia 2

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    41' GOAL - Takuma Asano (Japan)

    44' YELLOW CARD - Yuya Osako (Japan)

    82' GOAL - Yosuke Ideguchi (Japan)

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.

    The Socceroos' hopes of qualifying from the group stage at the World Cup are hanging by a thread after a 1-1 draw against Denmark. See how the match unfolded with our Australia vs Denmark match report, highlights and result.

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    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 10:59pm | ! Report

      As sad as we all may feel, lets all remember that football is a game and tonight a family is grieving the loss of a lovely man who contributed much to Australian football. A bit of perspective might help me sleep a little better tonight. RIP Mike Cockerill.

    • Roar Pro

      albatross said | 10:39pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:32pm | ! Report

      Here’s a scary thought. We lose to Thailand by 3, UAE beat Iraq by 4, meaning we miss the fourth round.

      Not that it’ll happen, but…

    • 10:28pm
      SM said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      If Ange had anything about him he’d resign tonight.

      An absolutely wretched display of management at virtually every turn in this campaign.

      • 10:36pm
        Alex said | 10:36pm | ! Report

        I refuse to support this team until that bastard is gone!

    • 10:28pm
      titch said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      we should be playing the Thais in Hobart

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining in everyone. Whilst a disappointing result, still much to look forward to for the Socceroos. Well played Japan, they were efficient and decisive when given opportunities. Match report to follow in 10 minutes.

      • Roar Rookie

        Stevo said | 10:30pm | ! Report

        Thanks Stuart

        • Columnist

          Stuart Thomas said | 10:53pm | ! Report

          Right now I would love to be there with you Stevo, clink our reds together and lament a very lamentable performance.

          • Roar Rookie

            Stevo said | 11:12pm | ! Report

            I have quite a few reds under the house so there would have been no problem with liquor supply and the Roos have supplied plenty of diabolical moments to dissect 🙁

    • 10:27pm
      me too said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      Too good for us. Rarely threatened. Just don’t have players with the technical skill to break them down.

    • 10:26pm
      Nathan said | 10:26pm | ! Report

      Congratulations Japan. Inept performance from Aus. ? How does Snooze Kruse keep his spot? He always looks 2 or 4 steps behind the moment and dont get me started when he battles for possession i.e strength, test of character??

    • 10:26pm
      hogdriller said | 10:26pm | ! Report

      I gotta admit I’ve always defended Ange, but since his ego decided it needed to change how we play which has resulted in us now struggling to qualify……..or even achieve a decent result.
      Give it away Ange, your ego is bigger than you..

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME Japan 2 Australia 0

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      Japan threatening out the back of the Socceroos defence. Still look dangerous.

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