Australia’s own goal allows Japan to continue to compete for the automatic seat in the World Cup next year.
On Tuesday, Australian defender Aziz Besic scored the ball into his goal in the 85th minute, allowing the Japanese team to win 2-1 in four games in Group B and score 6 points, 3 points behind Australia and trailing behind. Saudi Arabia 6 points.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan shot from Takuma Asano, the ball bounced off the post, and then bounced into the net from Behich, ending Australia’s record of 11 consecutive victories in World Cup qualifiers.
“We fought to the end and never gave up,” said Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu. “We showed our determination to participate in the World Cup.”
Only the top two teams from the two six-team groups can automatically qualify for the Qatar Championship. Before Ajdin Hrustic equalized in the 70th game, Ao Tanaka gave the Japanese team an early lead at the Saitama Stadium.
“Both teams are competing against each other,” Australian coach Graham Arnold said. “We are very unlucky, we hit the pillar, but… this is not destined.”
The Australian team won a penalty midway through the second half when Hidemasa Morita knocked down Hrustic on the edge of the area.
But before Martin Boyle kicked the ball, Qatar referee Abdullahman Jasim revoked the penalty after a video review, ruling that the challenge occurred outside the penalty area. Japan is seeking to participate in the World Cup for the seventh consecutive time. Since 2006, Australia has participated in every World Cup.
“This is a great victory for us, but there are still many difficult games to come,” Sen’an said. “We must ensure that we build on this victory.”
Saudi Arabia defeated fifth-ranked China 3-2 in Jeddah, achieving the fourth consecutive victory and leading by three points. In another match of the group stage, Oman defeated Vietnam 3-1, leading Japan in third place with the advantage of scoring more goals.
Australia and Saudi Arabia will meet on November 11, when Japan will travel to Vietnam. In Group A, Iran and South Korea drew 1-1 in an empty stadium in Tehran.
Lebanon ranked third with 5 points after a 3-2 victory over Syria. In a meeting of Dutch coaches, Burt Van Marwijk’s United Arab Emirates lineup drew 2-2 against Dick Adwokat’s Iraq team in Dubai. As a result, both teams scored three points and took the lead. Syria has two points.