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Monday, 12th June 2006
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Group F Match

Australia vs Japan
Kaiserslautern

Previous Encounters:
Australia have played Japan fourteen times; winning five, drawing four and losing five. The last three matches have all been won by Japan.

The Match:
Fans in Australia and Japan will be having a late night in front of their television at home. For the rest of us, it's another hot afternoon in Germany.

The first free-kick was awarded to Japan, on the edge of the Australian area, within a minute.

Then on the sixth minute, Australia's Mark Viduka had a double chance as he came in from the left. The angle at the near post was tight and Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was fortunate to keep the threat out, at the second attempt.

Both teams continued to have little half chances; with a sleek back-heeled, one-two from Mark Viduka, almost working for the in-running Marco Bresciano.

Then the Australians were shocked in the 26th minute, when Shunsuke Nakamura crossed high from the right wing. Mark Schwarzer jumped and almost reached out his palm to the ball but seemed to be nudged out of way the by a crouching, Naohiro 'Kamikazee' Takahara.

Guus Hiddink wanted to see the replay on an official's monitor.

Harry Kewell replied at the other end with a shot that just skimmed over the bar.

Bresciano's free-kick, five minutes before the break, curled around the wall and swung in towards the near post. Unfortunately, for the jumping Australians, the ball fell into the side-netting. From the wrong part of the stadium, it might have looked like a goal.

Half-time: (0:1).

The question on everyone's mind was whether this was going to be another one of those afternoon second-halves, where the players are drained of energy due to the heat.

In a strategic sleight of hand, Guus Hiddink introduced Joshua Kennedy for Craig Moore, with thirty minutes left to change the balance of the game.

Straight away, the Dynamo Dresden was involved in a few goal area incidents and earned the 68th minute free-kick for Mark Viduka's grass skimming shot that forced Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi to dive down to the right for another crucial save.

With nothing left to lose, Hiddink played his last card with fifteen minutes to go; risking holes in the middle for more firepower up front. Within two minutes, John Aloisi was in the Egyptian referee's book for the wrong reason though.

With six minutes to go, Australia scored their first ever World Cup Finals goal when Tim Cahill hooked in a loose ball from Lucas Neill's long throw-in on the left.

In the last minutes, neither team was prepared to settle for a draw.

Just before closing time, Tim Cahill again put his name on the score-sheet again after he received a square ball from the right and curled it into the top left-hand corner; to send a slightly overweight Guus Hiddink into something of a kangaroo dance.

There was still energy left in the Australians as a fresh John Aloisi ran the ball into the area; past the back-peddling Yuichi Komano; in front of the incoming Tsuneyasu Miyamoto; to release a shot across the face of Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.

Final Score:
Australia 3 - Japan 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Shunsuke Nakamura (26)
1:1 Tim Cahill (84)
2:1 Tim Cahill (89)
3:1 John Aloisi (93)

Our Man of The Match:
Tim Cahill; who wrote history for Australia with the Socceroos' first World Cup Finals goal and inspired the team to push on and extend their lead.

Teams

Australia: (Captain Mark Viduka)
1 Mark Schwarzer; 2 Lucas Neill, 3 Craig Moore; 5 Jason Culina, 7 Brett Emerton, 13 Vince Grella, 14 Scott Chipperfield, 20 Luke Wilkshire, 23 Marco Bresciano; 9 Mark Viduka, 10 Harry Kewell.

Japan: (Captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto)
23 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi; 3 Yuichi Komano, 5 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, 14 Alessandro Santos, 19 Keisuke Tsuboi, 22 Yuji Nakazawa; 7 Hidetoshi Nakata, 10 Shunsuke Nakamura, 15 Takashi Fukunishi; 9 Naohiro Takahara, 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa.

Referee:
Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt)

Substitutions Substitutions:
53 Mins (Australia) - 4 Tim Cahill in for 23 Marco Bresciano
56 Mins (Japan) - 2 Teruyuki Moniwa in for 19 Keisuke Tsuboi
61 Mins (Australia) - 19 Joshua Kennedy in for Craig Moore
75 Mins (Australia) - 15 John Aloisi in for 20 Luke Wilkshire
79 Mins (Japan) - 18 Shinji Ono in for 13 Atsushi Yanagisawa
91 Mins (Japan) - 16 Masashi Oguro in for 2 Teruyuki Moniwa

Yellow Cards 7 Yellow Cards:
31 Mins - Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (Japan)
34 Mins - Vince Grella (Australia)
40 Mins - Naohiro Takahara (Japan)
58 Mins - Craig Moore (Australia)
68 Mins - Teruyuki Moniwa (Japan)
69 Mins - Tim Cahill (Australia)
77 Mins - John Aloisi (Australia)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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