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Australia and Japan draw as China lose again in AFC World Cup qualifying

Mile Jedinak's penalty rescued Australia from a home 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying defeat, salvaging a 1-1 draw in Melbourne against Japan and keeping the Socceroos on course for Russia 2018.

The Japanese looked set for a smash-and-grab success after Genki Haraguchi's fifth-minute opener until Australia's captain restored parity early in the second half.

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A first half played at a snail's pace gave way to a helter-skelter second 45 minutes, allowing the Socceroos back into the Group B contest.


Australia's Trent Sainsbury unhappy with Saudi's time-wasting tactics

Mathew Leckie knows the Australian coaches and players will not accept a draw against any side.

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has lashed out at the time-wasting tactics from Saudi Arabia after a heated AFC World Cup qualifier in which both coaches lost their cool.

Australia had to settle with a 2-2 draw in Jeddah on Friday morning, but the match threatened to boil over in the second half as Saudi players started succumbing in the tough 30 degree celcius heat and humidity.

When defender Omar Othman fell to the ground with cramp a good 50 meters off the ball, players and fans for the home...

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South Korea, Japan claw back to win 2018 AFC World Cup qualifiers

Japan scored deep into second half stoppage time to down Iraq in dramatic fashion.

Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min struck the winner as South Korea followed Japan in recording late victories at home in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying on Thursday night.

The Koreans trailed Qatar 2-1 in Suwon in Group A before firing two goals in two second-half minutes to win 3-2, despite being reduced to 10 men after Hong Jeong-Ho's 66th minute red card. 

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Son's go-ahead goal came in the 58th minute when he curled in a right-footed shot from the left-hand side of the box, two minutes after...

Socceroos not affected by heat in Saudi Arabia - Ange Postecoglou

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou
Bert van Marwijk has vowed to send his Saudi Arabia team out to attack Australia on Thursday night.

The Socceroos have adjusted to the searing Saudi Arabian heat and won't be thrown by anything that comes their way in Jeddah, coach Ange Postecoglou insists.

Preparations have been finalised for the clash on Thursday night with the chance to break away on top of Group B and take a massive step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the line.

After last month's win over the United Arab Emirates in Dubai -- when temperatures reached 35 degrees at kick off -- the Socceroos still managed...