Japan v Socceroos key moments (World Cup Qualifier)


Japan v Socceroos

* Key minutes in game

Pre match- Aussies left out Cahill, but the dangerous Troisi gets a chance to make an impact.

2- Corner for the Blue Samurais. Dealt with by Leckie. Sakai heads just wide.

4- Australia looked to play out from the back.

5- Yoshida intervened to stop Kruse.

11- Troisi prevented an opportunity.

12- Ryan plays out from the back, again.

14- Inui had a shot.

15- Ryan then Rogic cleared the ball.

16- Greatly intervened in the eighteen yard box by Sainsbury.

17- Troisi lost ball in the final third.

23- Osako has first shot on target, Ryan fumbled but saved.

29- Australia controlled possession in the defensive half.

34- Smith gave away possession in the attacking part of the field for the Socceroos.

35- Sakai shot wide. Good pressure by Australia, goal kick to Australia.

38- Leckie hit post off deflected shot on goal.

40- Sainsbury thwarted an attack.

41- Asano scored from a pinpoint cross.

44- Osako shot wide of the goals.

1/2 time review– Australia have held their own only to have conceded a goal late on.

53- Sainsbury cut out opportunity, corner Japan.

57- Sainsbury intervened in the back line, once again.

61- Juric brought on for Troisi.

62- Spiranovic fouled Japanese player in the final third.

63- Nagatamo shot, saved by Ryan.

64- Inui stopped by Sainsbury, out for a goal kick.

65- Rogic shot well wide.

70- Cahill on for Rogic

71- Australia missed a golden opportunity.

73- Sainsbury cleverly won free kick.

75- Haraguchi on for Inui.

77- Sainsbury cleared off the line.

81- Leckie shot blocked.

82- Ideguchi with a classy finish, just outside the eighteen yard box.

86- Corner for Australia thanks to Juric.

87- Okazaki on for Ozako.

89- Kubo on for the goal scorer Asano.

92- Sainsbury won another challenge.

Full Time Review – Not one shot on goal in the second half for the Socceroos. Sainsbury was inspirational in defence. Leckie and Troisi looked dangerous from the attacking perspective.

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