Japan vs Australia

Current Score

  • Japan 1
  • Australia 1

Match Profile

  • Time 8:34 PM AEST 4 June 2013
  • League WC Qualifying AFC
  • Round 4th Round
  • Venue Saitama Stadium 2002


Japan JPN


Australia AUS
Goal Scorers
  • K. Honda (PG)
    • 90minutes
Goal Scorers
  • T. Oar
    • 82minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
5 Jun 2013 - 7:07am

It's bittersweet for Oar-struck Socceroos

  • Key goal ... Tommy Oar scores against Japan in the qualifiers (Getty)
Tommy Oar celebrated his first FIFA World Cup qualifying start for Australia by scoring a sensational late goal against Japan - only for the Socceroos to be denied by an even later penalty to draw 1-1 in Saitama on Tuesday night.

4 Jun 2013 - 6:54 PM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2013 - 7:07 AM

The point lifted Australia to seven points in Asian zone Group B qualifying going into its final two qualifiers against Jordan - which trails Australia on goal difference - and Iraq later this month as it gets set to punch its ticket to Brazil.

The outcome suited Japan, which became the first nation to qualify for next year's World Cup.

Whiz-kid Oar pounced in the 81st minute, bursting down the left past a couple of challenges to curl in a looping cross which evaded the valiant effort of goalkeeper Eiji Kawashimi as it dipped into the net.

Deliberate - or otherwise - Oar's first goal for his country was a moment to cherish.

But joy turned to despair on the stroke of full-time when Matt McKay was penalised for handball as he moved to intercept a low cross and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda buried the spot kick to leave the Socceroos agonisingly just short of what would have been a famous win.

Australia played with patience and poise, mixing long balls in the direction of lone striker Tim Cahill, with playing out from the back.

Osieck's men were also biting in the tackle, restricting the space available for the Blue Samuari's purists to operate in as a yellow brick wall guarded the away goal.

The Socceroos also rode their luck in front of a 60,000 crowd baying for the home side to break the deadlock.