Japan qualify for Brazil 2014

A dramatic last-minute penalty ensured Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as they snatched a 1-1 draw with Australia at the Saitama Stadium.

Alberto Zaccheroni's men knew a draw would be enough to secure a place in Brazil next summer, but that looked unlikely when Tommy Oar fired the Socceroos ahead eight minutes from time.

However, Keisuke Honda held his nerve to convert from the spot in the dying seconds to give Japan safe passage through from Asian qualifying Group B.


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