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World Cup fate out of Socceroos' hands after 2-0 loss to Japan hurts chances of automatic qualification - ABC Online

Automatic World Cup qualification is now out of Australia's hands after Japan claimed a 2-0 win in Tokyo. A win would have sealed a spot at Russia 2018 for Australia, but victory ensured it was Japan and not the visitors who left with a ticket booked ...and more »

Socceroos Lose 2-0 To Japan In Crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Huffington Post Australia

That's definitely not the result Australia needed. The Socceroos have been dealt a knock against Japan in Saitama on Thursday night, after losing 2-0 in a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifying match that could decide whether Australia heads to Russia in ...and more »

Socceroos' World Cup qualifier against Japan: Australia loss will mean big effort needed to reach Russia - ABC Online

There's a reason they say just qualifying for the FIFA World Cup is an achievement in itself. The journey there is littered with matches where the stakes are ratcheted up again and again. If the Socceroos... Beat Japan: They qualify for the 2018 FIFA ...and more »

Halilhodzic vows to remain Japan boss despite other lucrative offers - The Japan Times

SAITAMA – Vahid Halilhodzic lashed out at his critics Friday and said he will stay on as Japan national team coach out of loyalty, despite revealing that he has received other lucrative job offers. “This is the first time I am saying this but I have ...and more »

Football: Japan hope Halilhodzic will stay on as coach through Russia 2018 - Kyodo News Plus

Vahid Halilhodzic silenced his critics by steering Japan into next year's World Cup finals on Thursday, and the achievement was duly recognized as the president of the Japan Football Association said after a 2-0 qualifying win over Australia that he ...and more »

Socceroos selection for Japan up in the air - SBS - The World Game

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has plenty to mull over as he considers his selection options for Thursday's crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Japan. Source: AAP. 30 Aug 2017 - 3:59 PM UPDATED 30 Aug 2017 - 3:59 PM. Socceroos players ...and more »

Socceroos' World Cup campaign out of their hands - SBS - The World Game

ANALYSIS: The rollercoaster of emotions that has been part and parcel of the Socceroos' 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign shows no sign of abating. By. Philip Micallef. 31 Aug 2017 - 11:14 PM UPDATED 31 Aug 2017 - 11:14 PM. Going into the second last match ...and more »

"We had possession but not effective possession": Australia's WC hopes hang in balance - InDaily

Australia's hopes of direct World Cup qualification took a big hit, as Takuma Asano's 41st minute goal and a late screamer from Yosuke Ideguchi ensured the Samurai Blue will be at Russia 2018, triggering wild celebrations among the boisterous 59,492 ...and more »

Socceroos captain Milligan: We can't dwell on defeat - SBS - The World Game

There was no more disappointed man than stand-in Australian captain Mark Milligan after Thursday night's 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Japan – but he is adamant the Socceroos need to put the result behind them as quickly as possible. By. Sebastian ...and more »

'Weirdo' Japan coach to play experimental side against Saudi, Yoshida hints - SBS - The World Game

Japan is likely to field an experimental side against Saudi Arabia, hinted Japanese defender Maya Yoshida, who called coach Vahid Halilhodžić a "weirdo" capable of erratic decision. By. Sebastian Hassett. 1 Sep 2017 - 11:37 AM UPDATED 1 Sep 2017 - 11 ...and more »