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Japan Qualify For FIFA 2018 World Cup

Japan Qualify For FIFA 2018 World Cup

Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi were on target as Japan beat Australia 2-0 at home Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup.

Ange Postecoglou’s side must now defeat Thailand in Melbourne on Tuesday to have any hope of progressing automatically out of the group.

Japan have secured top spot in the Group B, leaving Saudi Arabia and the Socceroos’ to fight for the remaining qualification spot.

Japan have 20 points in first place, as Saudi Arabia sit level with Australia on 16 points.

Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi were on target as Japan beat Australia 2-0 at home Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup.

Asano steered home a left-foot volley four minutes before half-time and Ideguchi sealed the victory with a stunning long-range strike after 82 minutes as Japan became the fourth team to reach next year’s finals in Russia.

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