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Thursday, 4 March 2010

Japan and Australia Ease Past Asian Minnows

Japan had already qualified for next year's Asian Cup, eased past Bahrain 2-0 with an improved performance, but made hard work of turning their control into goals. They should really have won by a more comfortable margin.

The likes of Nakamura, Honda and Hasebe proving that the overseas players (even if Nakamura is now back at the Marinos) will be critical to Japan in the Summer. The question is, can the home-based players raise their game enough to make the squad, now that the J.League is set resume.

Other Views
Japan Times: Japan eases past Bahrain

Meanwhile, the Aussies secured their place at the tournament with a narrow 1-0 win over Indonesia. 'Spike' Milligan bundling the ball home in comical fashion. :-)

Other Views
Sydney Morning Herald: Milligan's first makes it mission accomplished for Asian Cup
ABC Online: Oar set to paddle abroad

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