FIFA WORLD CUP

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Australia

  • Tim Cahill 84'
  • Tim Cahill 89'
  • John Aloisi 90' +2'

3 - 1

FT

Game 12

Japan

  • Shunsuke Nakamura 26'
  • 93'

    It's all over. Australia day at the World Cup as Cahill and Aloisi came from the bench to deliver victory for Guus Hiddink.

  • 93'

    Remarkable comeback from the Socceroos and all three goals have come from Hiddink's subs. Japan, who defended so well for so long, are in pieces.

  • 93'

    AND NOW THEY HAVE THREE. Aloisi strolls through to sidefoot past Kawaguchi and Australia have thei first victory in the World Cup.

  • 92'

    Oguro gets his first touch but Grella robs him. Australia still have three up front, even though they now lead.

  • 91'

    On comes Oguro for Moniwa, a sub himself, as a shellshcoked Japan try to recover.

  • 90'

    What a cameo from Cahill - a booking, two goals and he could have conceded a penalty as well.

  • 89'

    He got the ball 20 yards out, curled an unstoppable shot in via the left-hand post and the comeback is complete.

  • 89'

    CAHILL'S DONE IT AGAIN! Australia lead, Cahill has scored again and if the first was scruffy, that was spectacular.

  • 89'

    End to end stuff, now, and Kennedy, very much a threat, almost gets the chance to shoot at the other end.

  • 88'

    Neill, meanwhile, defends well from Komano's cross but it comes out to Fukunishi whose 20-yard shot whistles just past the post.

  • 88'

    Now Aloisi comes forward and Australia, with all their forwards on the pitch, aren't equipped to go for the draw.

  • 87'

    Aloisi's cross is just too high for the jumping Kennedy.

  • 86'

    Komano goes on a solo run, skips past Cahill and is brought down. That could - perhaps should - have been a penalty.

  • 85'

    Cahill was only eight yards out, but his scuffed shot still went past three players - and through the legs of one of them.

  • 84'

    But now Australia are level - and Tim Cahill has their first ever World Cup goal. Kawaguchi came for a long throw and missed and Cahill was on hand to turn in it.

  • 84'

    Aloisi thumps it and again Kawaguchi is equal to it, parrying it away well. Good goalkeeping.

  • 83'

    Foul by Nakazawa gives Australia a free kick within shooting range.

  • 83'

    Delicate little flick from Ono almost sends Nakamura in on goal. Grella, with an outstretched foot, intercepts, and he needed to.

  • 81'

    Lucas Neill lines up a long throw for the many six-footers in the box, but Japan - once again - defend well. The ball comes back to Neill, who tries a 30-yard shot that is predictably high and wide.

  • 81'

    A cross is met by the giant Kennedy at the back post, but he heads it wide.

  • 80'

    Now Japan come forward and enjoy a spell of pressure before a tame chip from Nakata goes to Schwarzer.

  • 79'

    Nakazawa does well to hold off Viduka as he tries to meet a long ball.

  • 79'

    Yanagisawa goes off and Shinji Ono comes on to strengthen the midfield.

  • 78'

    Komano finds room on the right but - as has been the case quite often from him - his cross is poor.

  • 77'

    Cahill tries a shot on the turn, it is blocked and Alosi's first contribution is to thwart a counter-attack with a tackle that brings him a booking.

  • 76'

    Australia are camped in the Japan half now, but Japan remain a threat on the counter-attack.

  • 75'

    Takahara robs Chipperfield, charges forward, finds Yanagisawa, but his shot hardly tests Schwarzer.

  • 75'

    Hiddink's last throw of the dice. Off comes Wilkshire, on comes Aloisi and Australia have a huge aerial threat now.

  • 75'

    Culina finds Kewell, but Miyamoto does well to halt him again.

  • 74'

    Kewell gets to the byline, looks to find Viduka in the middle and Miyamoto makes another excellent interception.

  • 73'

    Nakamura is in space on the right, his cross is deep and Nakata is unable to hook it back to a team-mate.

  • 72'

    Kennedy and Viduka can't quite link up on the edge of the box, as they are crowded out.

  • 71'

    Neill chips the ball forward and, with Japan struggling to deal with Kennedy, he gets the chance to shoot, but it's a tame effort.

  • 70'

    That's the closest Australia have come to drawing level and a reminder of Viduka's threat.

  • 69'

    Viduka drives the free kick under the wall and it's a terrific save from Kawaguchi. Cahill slides in for the follow-up, fouls Komano and is booked.

  • 68'

    The lively Kennedy wins a free kick from the sub Moniwa on the edge of the box. A chance for Australia here.

  • 67'

    The corner is aimed at the flying Kennedy who gets a glancing header, but it goes wide of goal.

  • 66'

    Emerton is now in the back three for Australia with Kennedy up front. Here is his first chance, but the shot is blocked. Then Kewell gets a corner.

  • 65'

    Nakata plays a deft pass forward, Nakamura darts to the byline but loses out.

  • 64'

    The ball falls to Wilkshire on the edge of the box, but he really doesn't connect with his shot at all well.

  • 63'

    Australia are vulnerable on the counter-attack with men committed forward. Komano has a chance to cross with men in the box, but that's poor.

  • 62'

    Here comes Alex on the counter-attack, but Wilkshire's check stops him.

  • 62'

    With Kennedy and Cahill on now, Australia can be more direct in their quest for an equaliser.

  • 61'

    Change for Australia as Moore comes off with Kennedy replacing him.

  • 60'

    Nakata finds Nakamura but, for once, his touch lets him down.

  • 59'

    But Japan come forward again and win a corner, headed away by Viduka.

  • 58'

    Poor header from Schwarzer, straight to Takahara, he comes forward but Neill comes to the keeper's rescue with a block.

  • 58'

    Booking - Craig Moore's name is taken for a foul on the quicker Yanagisawa.

  • 57'

    Wilshire finds Viduka, who picks out Chipperfield. His cross is just too high for Viduka to control his header, but more encouraging for Australia.

  • 57'

    Moniwa is on for Japan and the injured Tsuboi departs.

  • 56'

    Kewell gets a flick on from the corner, it loops up and drops just behind the far post.

  • 55'

    Long ball is aimed at Cahill. It takes a touch off a Japanese head and it is a corner for Australia.

  • 54'

    A worry for Japan as Tsuboi goes down - it looks like a hamstring problem.

  • 54'

    Kewell turns Miyamoto and goes down in the box. No penalty, so he gets up and passes backwards.

  • 53'

    Emerton has room to shoot, but can't get direct on it. Well wide.

  • 53'

    Change for Australia - here comes Cahill as Bresciano goes off. Is that tactical?

  • 52'

    Nakamura twists and turns to find room to cross, but at Schwarzer

  • 51'

    Komano gets to the byline and gets in a cross, but Moore is at the far post to meet it.

  • 50'

    Culina's ball forward looks promising until Viduka is flagged offside.

  • 50'

    Wilkshire brushes Nakata aside and finds Chipperfield, but he loses out to Nakamura.

  • 49'

    A concern for Australia as Kewell pulls up as though injured.

  • 48'

    Neat play from Japan in midfield after Bresciano loses the ball.

  • 47'

    Kewell's chipped ball is just ahead of Wilkshire - interesting to see the Liverpool man dropping deep to try and act as the playmaker.

  • 47'

    Nakata feeds the ball in to Takahara, but he concedes a free kick.

  • 46'

    No changes made by either coach at the interval.

  • 46'

    Australia kick off the second half in search of a first ever goal and point at the World Cup finals.

  • 45'

    Japan lead at half time, courtesy of Nakamura's disputed goal. Australia, that apart, have had the better of it, but they trail.

  • 45'

    One additional minute to play. Nakamura finds Alex, but his cross is blocked by Moore.

  • 45'

    Ambitious pass from Emerton, who can't pick anyone out.

  • 44'

    Japan are pegged in in their own half by some fine closing down from Australia.

  • 43'

    Nakata thinks he has picked out the advancing Komano well, but the defender is given offside.

  • 42'

    Nakata claims a free kick when he goes down under Grella's challenge, but he is frustrated.

  • 41'

    Bresciano goes for the shot, whipping it round the wall and beating the diving Kawaguchi - but it is inches past the post. Unlucky.

  • 41'

    Now a chance for Australia as Miyamoto brings down Kewell 30 yards from goal.

  • 40'

    Booking, and it's Takahara for attempting to delay the restart. Two yellow cards for Japan now, one for Australia.

  • 40'

    Nakata's chip forward is aimed at Yanagisawa but he is offside.

  • 39'

    Clumsy foul by Wilkshire, bringing down Alex. Then Bresciano commits a foul and it's a little scrappy in the midfield.

  • 38'

    Bresciano gets behind his man, but can't direct his cross to a team-mate

  • 37'

    He is up now and ready to continue as the other players take on water.

  • 36'

    Takahara looks for Yanagisawa, but a sliding Neill took no prisoners with his challenge. The striker is down.

  • 35'

    Australian pressure here as Grella chips a cross to the far post, Kewell volleys it back towards the six-yard line but Kawaguchi claims.

  • 34'

    Kewell dummues for Wilkshire, but his cross is headed out by Nakazawa.

  • 34'

    The referee goes back to book Grella for an earlier foul.

  • 33'

    Yanagisawa goes on a winding run, makes space for a shot, but miscues it wide.

  • 32'

    Hiddink is obviously unhappy on the touchline, complaining to the fourth official about the goal.

  • 32'

    Takahara finds Yanagisawa, but he cuts inside and takes a strange decision. Shot? Cross? It didn't work as either.

  • 32'

    Bresciano takes but Fukunishi heads it away and Japan clear.

  • 31'

    Still, Bresciano wins a free kick from Miyamoto, who is booked for blocking off the midfielder.

  • 31'

    Bresciano's outswinger is headed away by Nakata, Culina shoots but it is blocked.

  • 30'

    Here's a chance for Australia - a corner, won by Viduka.

  • 29'

    Nakata crosses from the left and this time Schwarzer does claim the cross unchallenged.

  • 28'

    The most controversial goal of the World Cup so far, but Australia need to find a way back into this game. Kewell's shot shows they have hope.

  • 27'

    Almost a great response from Kewell, fizzing a 20-yard shot inches over the bar. Game on.

  • 27'

    Schwarzer collided with Yanagisawa - but was that a foul by the Japanese striker? Australia think so

  • 26'

    GOAL! A disaster for Australia and for Schwarzer in particular. He comes for Nakamura's right-wing cross, misses it and claims the free kick as it goes into the unguarded net.

  • 26'

    The two best chances so far have gone to the Aussies, and they seem to have more cutting edge, tidy as Japan are in possession.

  • 25'

    Now Viduka finds Bresciano with a clever flick, it's a great chance on his left foot and his sidefooted shot is palmed away by Kawaguchi at full stretch.

  • 24'

    Viduka does really well to reach Emerton's pass but is outnumbered

  • 23'

    Yanagisawa gets a free kick, though Grella may have got the ball. It doesn't matter as Nakamura's free kick is cleared.

  • 22'

    An even first 20 minutes which is perhaps no surprise . Now Alex cuts infield, picks out Takahara, who twists and turns and drags his shot from 20 yards just past the post.

  • 20'

    Chipperfield finds Kewell who goes down rather too easily. The ref doesn't have much sympathy for him.

  • 20'

    Wilkshire finds Viduka on the right and so far, the Australian captain has looked the most dangerous player on either side.

  • 19'

    Fine sliding challenge from Neill to halt the Japanese counter-attack.

  • 18'

    Bresciano chips it in, but Japan clear. Moore had come up from the back for that.

  • 18'

    Kewell gets past two past and then is halted. Free kick 40 yards out.

  • 18'

    But Kewell is crowded out and then Chipperfield is penalised.

  • 17'

    A spell of possession for Australia before Neill's long ball looks for Viduka and his determination gets a throw.

  • 16'

    Nakazawa comes forward, looks for Nakamura but only finds Moore.

  • 15'

    Emerton is penalised, but Japan waste the free kick and Australia clear.

  • 14'

    Kawaguchi tips a cross away unconvincingly, it falls to Bresciano on the edge of the box, but he can't control his shot and it goes some way over.

  • 14'

    Viduka, with a fine touch, gets past two, but his shot rebounds back off a defender.

  • 13'

    Fukunishi goes for glory from 25 yards, but his rising shot goes well over.

  • 12'

    Viduka flicks it ahead of Culina, he goes down in the box, but it isn't a penalty.

  • 12'

    Wilkshire whips in a cross from the right, Viduka gets ready to jump and then realises it is just too high.

  • 11'

    Nakumura takes the corner, Schwarzer punches it away, but is awarded a free kick anyway.

  • 11'

    Neill concedes a corner as the persistent Yanagisawa tries to get his cross in.

  • 10'

    Chipperfield brings the ball out of defence, looks for Kewell, but Miyamoto intercepts.

  • 10'

    Emerton loses out to Nakata, who finds Yanagisawa, but the striker can't keep his long pass in.

  • 9'

    Bresciano goes to the corner flag, but fails to keep the ball in play as he goes to cross.

  • 8'

    Alex and Nakata combine, but Takahara can't fnid Yanagisawa with his pass.

  • 7'

    Viduka jumps with the keeper, Wilkshire hits a shot from 18 yards but the referee had blown to penalise Viduka.

  • 7'

    The corner is aimed at Viduka, who wins his header and earns another.

  • 7'

    Viduka is twice denied by Kawaguchi with two well-struck efforts from an acute angle. Australia's first threat.

  • 6'

    Miyamoto comes out of defence but over-hits his pass towards Yanagisawa.

  • 6'

    A throw for the Socceroos on the right. Wilkshire takes, Emerton passes forward, but no one reads it.

  • 5'

    Alex squeezes in a low cross, but Moore reacts quickly to clear.

  • 4'

    Both teams playing 3-5-2, so the midfield is fairly crowded. Wilkshire, one of many there, commits a foul.

  • 3'

    Grella feeds the ball forward, Viduka is in pursuit, but Miyamoto beats him to it.

  • 3'

    Schwarzer boots it forward and Australia are aiming for Viduka with the high ball, perhaps thinking their aerial ability will be an advantage.

  • 2'

    Takahara tries to win a corner and fails. It's a goal kick

  • 2'

    Nakata is behind it, but he leaves it for Nakumura, who hits the top of a tall wall.

  • 1'

    But Bresciano commits a foul on the edge of the box and Japan have an early chance.

  • 1'

    An early throw for Alex, looking for Nakumura, whose cross is cut out.

  • 1'

    Japan kick off in Kaiserslautern in another contender for the hottest game of the tournament so far.

  •  

    Time for a key match here; not just Australia's return to the World Cup but what is thought to be the start of a real battle to finish second behind Brazil in Group F.

  •  

    Guus Hiddink has named Harry Kewell in his team, but Tim Cahill is on the bench. Shinji Ono misses out for Japan. Australia: Schwarzer, Neill, Moore, Culina, Wilkshire, Emerton, Grella, Bresciano, Chipperfield, Kewell, Viduka. Subs: Aloisi, Beauchamp, Cahill, Covic, Kalac, Kennedy, Lazaridis, Milligan, Popovic, Skoko, Sterjovski, Thompson. Japan: Kawaguchi, Komano, Miyamoto, Santos, Tsuboi, Nakazawa, Fukunishi, Hidetoshi Nakata, Nakamura, Takahara, Yanagisawa. Subs: Doi, Endo, Inamoto, Kaj

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Australia

  • 22(11)

  • -

  • 23

  • 55%

    45%

  • Japan

  • 9(3)

  • -

  • 11

Match Stats

  • Australia
  • Japan
22(11) Shots (on goal) 9(3)
23 Fouls 11
5 Corner kicks 3
4 Offsides 3
55% Time of Possession 45%
4 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 10