Asian qualifying

Japan first to qualify for finals

June 4, 2013
Japan became the first nation to book their place at next year's World Cup finals on Tuesday as Keisuke Honda's injury-time penalty secured a 1-1 draw with Australia.

• Duerden on rise of Japan

Alberto Zaccheroni's Japan have dominated the group and their berth in Brazil has been a formality for some time, but they knew at least a point in the home game against Australia in Saitama would confirm their presence.

Both teams wasted opportunities in an open ...

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