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Late strikes save Australia and Japan

Asian big guns Australia and Japan left it perilously late before snatching vital winners in World Cup qualifying on Friday, as South Korea got off with a roaring 6-0 beating of Lebanon.

sports Updated: Sep 03, 2011 00:37 IST

Asian big guns Australia and Japan left it perilously late before snatching vital winners in World Cup qualifying on Friday, as South Korea got off with a roaring 6-0 beating of Lebanon.

Australia were just four minutes from a humiliating home draw with Thailand before Alex Brosque's late strike, while Japan had to wait until the 94th minute to overcome fierce rivals North Korea. China also had to fight back from a goal down before beating Singapore 2-1 at home in Jose Antonio Camacho's first game in charge.

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