Japan places itself with victory on Australia as the fourth WK
Japan has Thursday assured of participating in the world cup 2018 in Russia. Thanks to a 2-0 victory at Australia the country is not more to figure out for the competition.
Also, host country Russia, Brazil and Iran are already assured of participation in the tournament next summer.
Takuma Asana (41st minute) and Yuske Ideguchi (83rd) made in Saitama the goals for the team of coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
Japan should prepare themselves for his sixth world CHAMPIONSHIP participation. Since 1998, the country is continuously of the party. In 2002 and in 2010 booked Japan a spot in the second round, his best performance.
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The victory of Japan is good news for Bert van Marwijk, coach of Saudi Arabia. His team lost on Tuesday 2-1 to the United Arab Emirates, but thanks to the defeat of Australia on the second paats.
Next Tuesday is Saudi Arabia in Jeddah compared to Japan in the last poulewedstrijd. Australia, that’s the same amount of points as the Arabs, then plays at home against hekkensluiter Thailand. The number two of the group will position itself directly for the world cup, the number three in the group is designated on the play-offs.