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FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Team Japan

FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Team Japan

FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Team Japan

After forcing a 1-1 draw against Australia, Keisuke Honda’s late penalty shot signaled Japan‘s journey to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making them the first country to enter the prestigious event.

The Socceroos gained their momentum when Tommy Oar secured the first goal of the match on the 82nd minute. Eiji Kawashima tried to deflect the shot, only to find himself unsuccessful. It could have been a preview of Australia’s impending victory, but the Blue Samurais refused to be beaten in their own soil.

With just a couple of minutes before the match’s end, Matthew McKay fished hand-ball violation that sent Honda to the penalty line. Amidst the overflowing Saitama Stadium, Honda converted and secured the squad’s ticket to Brazil.

The triumph against Australia places Japan on the top spot of Asia’s qualifying Group B. Occupying the 2nd slot is Oman. Only the top 2 teams shall qualify for the World Cup. Those on the 3rd spot shall enter the play-offs. Apparently, the play-off is what Australia has to endure after the disappointing loss.

Japan is known for being one of the strongest World Cup contenders in Asia. So far, this is the country’s 5th appearance since 1998. But long before the Blue Samurais begin their World Cup campaign, their next mission is to first dominate the upcoming Confederations Cup in Brazil on 15 June. Their first match will be against the crowd favorite Brazil.

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