The Japanese team won a precious victory over its guest Australia (2-1) in the meeting that brought them together today, Tuesday, in the fourth round of the final Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
And the Japanese midfielder Oh Tanaka opened the scoring early for the “Samurai” team in the eighth minute from the start of the whistle. Australian midfielder Agden Hrostik responded with a equalizer in the 70th minute. However, fellow defender Aziz Behich gifted the winning goal to Japan in a killer time in the 85th minute of the match, and continued the ball into his net as he tried to clear it.
The Japanese national team raised its score to 6 points and occupies third place in Group A, to revive its hopes of competing for one of the two tickets to qualify directly for the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar in the winter of 2022, the first competition for at least the third qualifying card for the supplement.
While the balance of the Australian team stopped at 9 points, and is at the top of the group so far, waiting for the result of the match between its Saudi runner-up against its Chinese guest, also on Tuesday evening, at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, “The Radioactive Jewel” in Jeddah.
Here is the order of the first group:
1- Australia 9 points (4 matches)
2- Saudi Arabia 9 points
3- Japan 6 points (4 matches)
4- Sultanate of Oman 3 points
5- China 3 points
6- Vietnam without points.