Japan beat Australia 2-0 on Thursday to qualify for World Cup finals, with their victory at Sydney's Olympic Stadium also taking Saudi Arabia through.
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Japan qualified for a seventh successive World Cup after beating Australia 2-0 in Sydney and ending the Socceroos' chances of automatic qualification on Thursday. The result also qualified Saudi Arabia from Asia Group B.
Japan was on top of the group with 21 points, two ahead of Saudi Arabia before it faced China later Thursday.
Australia remained in qualifying contention in third place. It faced a playoff against the third-place team from Group A, currently the United Arab Emirates, and a possible final game against South American opposition.
On Tuesday, Japan hosts Vietnam, bottom of the group with just one win, while Australia travels to Jeddah to take on Saudi Arabia.