Japan skipper out of Saudi match

Japan skipper out of Saudi match

Japan skipper out of Saudi match

Japan confirmed their passage to Russian Federation with a 2-0 victory over Australia on Thursday, but Saudi Arabia's 2-1 loss to the United Arab Emirates means they go into the final round of fixtures level on points with the Socceroos but above them on goal difference. With the win, they sealed top spot in Group B.

Saudi fans will be admitted to King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah free of charge for the match on Tuesday, September 5.

Australia, who are level with Saudi Arabia on 16 points but two in arrears on goal difference, host Thailand in Melbourne on Tuesday in their last qualifier.

Japan progress to next year's group stage along with them, while Australia must contest a play-off against Syria, with the victor going on to meet the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF in an intercontinental tie in November.

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The kingdom is back in the World Cup after an 11-year hiatus. Edgardo Bauza's side require victory against Iraq in Jordan, while also needing other results to go their way and for a significant swing in goal difference. "I want to taste victory even in our final match". Captain Makoto Hasebe misses the match after withdrawing from the squad, while Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is not available either.

Yet there was little disharmony evident on the field against Australia at Saitama Stadium, where Halilhodzic felt comfortable enough to leave some of his most seasoned campaigners on the bench and let the younger brigade dictate proceedings.

"It is natural and not just in the world of soccer", former AC Milan midfielder Honda told Kyodo of the new generation.

"There are a number of players, experienced players, including myself, that are reaching a crucial period". I am directing my eyes towards myself and I want to win that battle.

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