BEIRUT, LEBANON - SEPTEMBER 06: Archie Thompson of Australia gestures after scoring a goal during the International Friendly match between Lebanon and the Australian Socceroos at Saida Municipal Stadium on September 6, 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo by Syamsul Bahri Muhammad/Getty Images)

Australia Suffer Shocking Upset To Jordan; Japan Win, South Korea Draw

Japan won in early action in Asia, while South Korea drew. In the late match, Australia were terrible in a loss to Jordan.

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Jordan Vs. Australia, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 2-1, Socceroos Abysmal

Australia, incredibly, have just two points from three World Cup qualifying matches. They have another five matches left to play in Group B of AFC qualifying, but they're in serious danger of missing the World Cup after their awful performance on Tuesday. Not only did they lose away to Jordan, a team that has just one player who plays professionally outside of the Middle East, but they were thoroughly outplayed in a 2-1 loss.

Odai Al-Saify was Jordan's best performer, drawing a penalty and assisting on a later goal. He drew a foul in the box on Mile Jedinak in the 47th minute, and Hassan Abdel-Fattah buried the spot kick. Australia had most of the ball from then until the end of the match, but struggled to pressure the Jordan goal and only forced Amer Shafia into a couple of saves, none of which were too difficult. In the 75th minute, they hit Australia with a stellar counter-attack, finished off by Amer Deeb, who turned in a cutback ball by Al-Saify after a brilliant run.

The Socceroos never looked like scoring until the 86th minute, when substitute Archie Thompson fired his team back into the match, assisted by Adam Baroque with a nice touch on the edge of the penalty area. Australia pushed forward for an equalizer, but it never came Jordan defended brilliantly for the rest of the match to hold on to the victory.

Jordan now have four points and sit second in Group B behind Japan, who are all but assured of a World Cup berth. Iraq, Australia and Oman are all tied behind them on two points.


Uzbekistan Vs. South Korea, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 2-2 In Thrilling Draw

South Korea are on top of Group A and in excellent position to qualify for the World Cup, but their position became a little less favorable on Tuesday. They were expected to defeat Uzbekistan away, but they didn't fare as well in Tashkent as Iran did. In their second home match of the round, Uzbekistan put up more of a fight and put in a great performance in a 2-2 draw.

Uzbekistan opened the scoring in the 13th minute, on a corner kick. Sanjar Tursunov turned a header on goal during a scramble and it was inadvertently deflected in by Ki Sung-Yeung. It took until the 43rd minute for South Korea to equalize, but they did it in similar fashion. Kwak Tae-Hwi was credited with the goal for a header on target that was turned in by Uzbekistan's Artyon Filiposyan, who might be credited with the own goal when it's all said and done.

The South Koreans took the lead in the 57th minute on a great header by Lee Dong-Gook, who turned in a brilliant cross by Park Joo-Ho. However, their lead lasted just two minutes. Tursunov came up big again for his country, winning a duel with Park in the air to get on the end of a corner by Server Djeparov. The ball dribbled into the net, and somehow the 5'8" midfielder snatched a point for Uzbekistan with two headers on corners.


Japan Vs. Iraq, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 1-0, Ryoichi Maeda Nets Winner

Japan have captured yet another win in AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying, and now sit on 10 points after four matches. They were challenged at home by Iraq in an entertaining game with chances for both sides, but scored the only goal of the contest in their 1-0 victory.

The away side tested Eiji Kawashima multiple times early in the first half, but the Japan No. 1 came up with a couple of crucial early saves, and continued to play well throughout the match. Iraq were made to pay for not capitalizing on their opportunities in the 25th minute, when Ryoichi Maeda put them to the sword. Yūichi Komano set up the chance with a great through ball down the left flank for Keisuke Honda, who hit a perfect cross into the head of Maeda for an easy finish from inside the six-yard box.

Iraq goalkeeper Noor Sabri was brilliant in the second half and kept his team in the match until the very end, but Iraq was unable to find the back of the net to steal a point on the road.

Japan are only halfway done with the final stage of qualifying, but could lock up a berth in the World Cup as soon as the next international break, if they win their next match and things break their way in other matches.

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