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Oman grouped with Australia and Japan in World Cup qualifying draw

By staff - Fri Mar 09, 9:16 am

Oman was drawn in group B with Japan, Australia, Jordan and Iraq.

Group A comprises Korea Iran, Lebanon, Qatar and Uzbekistan.

The top two teams from each group qualify directly for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, with the third teams in each group to play off for the chance to play the fifth place team in South America.
Reigning Asian champions Japan were paired with arch-rivals Australia in the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying after a dramatic draw in Kuala Lumpur on Friday afternoon.

Team GP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
AUSTRALIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
IRAQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JORDAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OMAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JAPAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Date
Match
Venue
Rslt
1
03 June 2012
JORDAN-IRAQ
2
03 June 2012
JAPAN-OMAN
3
08 June 2012
OMAN-AUSTRALIA
4
08 June 2012
JAPAN-JORDAN
5
12 June 2012
AUSTRALIA-JAPAN
6
12 June 2012
IRAQ-OMAN
7
11 September 2012
JAPAN-IRAQ
8
11 September 2012
JORDAN-AUSTRALIA
9
16 October 2012
OMAN-JORDAN
10
16 October 2012
IRAQ-AUSTRALIA
11
14 November 2012
IRAQ-JORDAN
12
14 November 2012
OMAN-JAPAN
13
26 March 2013
AUSTRALIA-OMAN
14
26 March 2013
JORDAN-JAPAN
15
04 June 2013
JAPAN-AUSTRALIA
16
04 June 2013
OMAN-IRAQ
17
11 June 2013
IRAQ-JAPAN
18
11 June 2013
AUSTRALIA-JORDAN
19
18 June 2013
JORDAN-OMAN
20
18 June 2013
AUSTRALIA-IRAQ

 

Note: All kick-off times are local to venue and subject to change. Simultaneous kick-off times may be required on last Matchday for Group Stage

 

The Socceroos will look to avenge their defeat at the hands of Samurai Blue in the 2011 Asian Cup final, when they lost 1-0 in extra time on Tadanari Lee’s volley strike.

Because of Japan’s scheduled appearance in the 2013 Confederations Cup, the reigning Asian champions were placed in Group B’s fifth slot after Iran was drawn for Group A’s second slot.

Australia’s position was decided only at the very end of the draw, when South Korea was selected for Group A.

Japan will host Oman on June 3 and Jordan on June 8 before facing Australia in Brisbane on June 12, while the Socceroos open their campaign on June 8 at Oman.

The Samurai Blue will see another familiar face when they square off against Iraq and former Japan manager Zico on September 11. All of Japan’s home matches are scheduled to take place at Saitama Stadium, just outside of Tokyo.

More to follow…

AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying – Fourth Round

Group A: South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Lebanon

Group B: Australia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Japan

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