Japan retains World Cup berth after victory over Saudi Arabia

The Japanese footballers have the opportunity to qualify directly for the World Cup to be held in Qatar later this year. The team won 2-0 in Saitama against Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino highlighted Japan in the first half, after which Junya Ido took care of the final score after the break at Saitama in north of Tokyo.

Three countries are competing in this group to get a direct place in the World Cup. Apart from Japan and Saudi Arabia, Australia will also play Oman on Tuesday. If they win, the Socceros, who are two points behind Saudi Arabia, will have one point against Japan with two games to go.

In the qualifying round match for the final, Japan will play Australia on March 24 and the Saudi Arabian team against China, which has already been eliminated. Australia is set to travel to Saudi Arabia in the final round on March 29 and Japan will get Vietnam.

In Group A, South Korea, in addition to already ranked Iran, could qualify for the World Cup if they draw against Syria on Tuesday. The United Arab Emirates has the best chance of finishing third in this category.

Numbers 1 and 2 of the Asian teams qualified for the World Cup. Number three plays a tie-breaker and is third in Group A. The winner of that two-game tournament will play against a 5th-place finisher from South America for a World Cup ticket.


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