Japan have secured qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, after a 2-0 win over Australia.
Goals from Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi gave Japan the win, and ensured their qualification for the global showpiece for the 6th year running.
“Yuto made a great play to get me the ball,” Asano said. “I was thrilled to contribute to the team in such a big game and want to thank the coach for showing confidence in me.”
With 20 points, Japan is four points ahead of Australia and Saudi Arabia. Japan travels to Saudi Arabia for its final group game on Sept. 5. Australia faces last-place Thailand on the same day.
Japan now join hosts Russia, Brazil and Iran as the only countries who have qualified for the event.