Japan sit atop Group B in the AFC section of FIFA World Cup Qualifying after easily accounting for Oman.
Japan have taken an early lead in Group B in the final round of Asian FIFA World Cup Qualifying, the Blue Samurai asserting their will on an overmatched Oman team to defeat the Gulf nation 3-0 in Japan.
Keisuke Honda got Japan off to the best possible start by netting in the 12th minute of the match and from there it was a case of Japan continuing to overpower their rivals throughout the encounter.
Ryoichi Maeda and Shinji Okazaki sealing the result with second half goals for the Blue Samurai, the result leaving Oman sitting in last spot and desperate to avoid a second humiliation at the hands of the Qantas Socceroos.
Later on in the evening in a battle of the Gulf nations, Jordan managed to escape their match with Iraq in Amman with a 1-1 draw, after Iraq opened the match with a flourish, Nashat Akram scoring for the visitors in just the 14th minute, before Jordan managed to level things just before the break through Ahmad Hayal.
Hayal taking full advantage of a mistake by Iraqi goalkeeper Kassid, who failed to hold onto Baha- Abdelrahman-s vicious long range strike, allowing Hayal to net from inside the six yard box.
Jordan will play Japan in the next round of matches, while Australia will take on Oman in Muscat.
How to get around the Caltex Socceroos v Norway
The Caltex Socceroos begin their build-up towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT) with a friendly clash against Norway in Oslo. It’s just the third meeting between the two nations, with Bert van Marwijk taking charge of Australia for the very first time.
We try to predict the Caltex Socceroos' starting XI for Oslo friendly
Bert van Marwijk says his players don't yet know who will start against Norway in Oslo. We try to read the Dutch master's mind ahead of his first game as Caltex Socceroos coach. GOALKEEPER Mat Ryan The Brighton and Hove Albion stopper is the incumbent number one and h
Australia's inspirational skipper declares he's fit and ready for huge 2018
The Caltex Socceroos will have a fully fit skipper when they embark on their first match in the Bert van Marwijk era. Mile Jedinak sat alongside his new national coach at the pre-game media conference ahead of Saturday morning's clash with Norway in chilly Oslo. Australia’s