Australia, South Korea, Iran qualify
Australia, Iran and South Korea all secured berths at the 2014 World Cup on a dramatic final day of Asian qualifying today.sports Updated: Jun 19, 2013 00:22 IST
Australia, Iran and South Korea all secured berths at the 2014 World Cup on a dramatic final day of Asian qualifying on Tuesday.
Australia beat Iraq 1-0, waiting until the 83rd minute before Josh Kennedy headed home the winner that secured second spot in Group B.
Iran booked its place with a disciplined counter-attacking game that produced a 1-0 win at South Korea. While Iran finished top of Group A, South Korea only secured second place by virtue of goal difference after finishing level on points with Uzbekistan, which won 5-1 at home against Qatar.
Uzbekistan scored all five goals in the second half in a storming finish that threatened to tip South Korea out of second spot. But the Uzbeks ran out of time to further boost their goal difference and finished third. They will go into a further playoff against Jordan or Oman, with that spot to be decided later Tuesday.
First Published: Jun 19, 2013 00:21 IST