Sunday, March 29, 2009

Australia drop to second in Group A of Asian World Cup qualifying group

Japan beat Bahrain 1-0 last night in a World Cup qualifying match in Saitama, Japan.

The goal came from a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick two minutes into the second period.

Nakamura plays for Celtic, of course, and is a free-kick specialist.

The win puts Japan on top of Group A with 11 points, one point ahead of second-placed Australia, who take on bottom-side Uzbekistan in Sydney next Wednesday.

Japan had three European-based players in their line-up.

North Korea moved to the top of Group B after downing the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Pyongyang last night.

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