Category archive - WCQ 2014

Korea get the better of Uzbekistan

Korea get the better of Uzbekistan

By Paul Williams in Seoul

Korea has strengthened its grip on top spot of Group A after a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in Seoul tonight.

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Japan qualify for 2014 World Cup

Japan qualify for 2014 World Cup

By Paul Williams in Tokyo

Japan has sealed their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup after a last minute penalty denied Australia an historic win in front of over 62,000 fanatical fans at Saitama Stadium.

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Japan edge closer to Brazil 2014

Japan edge closer to Brazil 2014

By Anthony Yacoub (follow Anthony on twitter @TrickySFC)

Uzbekistan stunned hosts Iran 1-0 to move into the lead of Group A as Japan took a giant leap towards an early qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil after a 89th minute strike by Shinji Okazaki helped the Samurai Blue to a hard fought 2-1 win over Oman in Muscat in Group B.

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Uzbekistan shocks Iran in Azadi Stadium

Uzbekistan shocks Iran in Azadi Stadium

By Dara Zarandi

Tehran – The Uzbekistan national football team pulled of a surprising win in Tehran Wednesday evening by defeating Iran 1-0.

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Iran too strong for Korea

Iran too strong for Korea

By Victor Yun

Some days you win, some days you lose. Korea trudged through one of their sloppier performances in recent memory and flung Group A wide open for the taking in the 2014 World Cup qualifications. Let’s dive in:

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Australia vs Japan – a tactical analysis

Australia vs Japan – a tactical analysis

By Ben Mabley

Not even the increasingly bizarre performance of a referee clearly keen to dominate the proceedings himself could spoil a wonderfully intense encounter between two of Asia’s big three.

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Australia ready for date with destiny

Australia ready for date with destiny

By Adam Peacock

The occasion is set; the biggest match on Australian soil since the Socceroos beat Uruguay on penalties in 2005 to qualify for the following years World Cup.

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Here come the Blue Samurai

Here come the Blue Samurai

By Alan Gibson

It’s early in the group stage, but, this is the big one! Certainly for Australia, after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Oman to open their qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014.

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Neill: Japan are favourites

Neill: Japan are favourites

By Paul Williams in Brisbane

Australian captain Lucas Neill started the mind games ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial World Cup Qualifier against Japan, declaring that Asia’s number one ranked team are the favourites and Australia head in as underdogs.

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Australia and Japan prepare for battle

Australia and Japan prepare for battle

By Paul Williams in Brisbane

Both Australia and Japan have arrived in Brisbane as anticipation grows ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial World Cup Qualifier.

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