Japan, Australia face tough qualifying

July 31, 2011
By Robert Smith
Reigning Asian champions Japan have been grouped with North Korea, while Australia and Saudi Arabia came out together in penultimate qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after the weekend's draw.

Japan, Asia's top-ranked nation at 16, were placed in Group C along with Uzbekistan, Syria and North Korea, who went to last year's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Australia, now under German coach Holger Osieck and the second-ranked Asian team, will battle with four-time World Cup qualifiers ...

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