Japan can look back with satisfaction on their gritty 1-1 draw with Asian Cup champions Australia in a 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night.
In a first meeting between familiar foes in two years, Genki Haraguchi gave the Japanese a fifth-minute lead before the Socceroos equalised through Mile Jedinak's penalty early in the second half.
Here are three thoughts on Japan's performance at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium:
1. Validation for Vahid
Just 18 months into the job, Japan coach Vahid...