Coach hails Socceroos spirit after draw

June 12, 2012
By Laine Clark
Six years to the day after the Socceroos' famous World Cup win over Japan, Australia again dug deep against the Blue Samurai to seal a 1-1 draw that beaming coach Holger Osieck hoped sent a message ahead of Brazil 2014.

At first, Osieck did not look like he would be all smiles after the crunch World Cup qualifier.

Key midfielder Mark Bresciano (hip) limped off in the first half before Mark Milligan was sent off in the 55th minute.

Then Japan appeared to deliver the ...

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