Fritz-Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Referee: Essam Abdel Fatah | Attendance: 46000

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

3 - 1


Game 12


  • 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

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Australia

  • 22(11)

  • -

  • 23

  • 55%


  • 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

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