AFC World Cup 2014 Qualifying: Things getting desperate for Socceroos

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Australia have just two points from three matches and are in danger of missing out on the World Cup. They'll have some trouble grabbing all three points from Iraq in Doha.

Japan and South Korea appear to be in very comfortable positions heading into the midway point in AFC World Cup qualifying, but qualification is in serious doubt for Asia's third strongest team. Australia are fresh off a shock loss to Jordan, and could find themselves in a massive hole if they fail to beat Iraq on Tuesday, especially if Jordan defeat Oman. Those four teams are locked in a close battle for second place behind Japan in Group B.

In Group A, Iran have a chance to distance themselves from the pack and make themselves co-favorites for a World Cup berth if they can pull off a home upset against South Korea. Qatar host Uzbekistan in the early Group A match, and will pull themselves into a tie for second in the group at worst with a win.

Lebanon, who sit on four points in Group B, are off on Tuesday, along with Japan.

Schedule (all times ET)

Group A

Qatar vs. Uzbekistan - 8:25 a.m.
Iran vs. South Korea - 12:30 p.m.

Group B

Oman vs. Jordan - 9 a.m.
Iraq vs. Australia - 10:15 a.m.

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