Australia, Japan draw 1-1 in World Cup qualifier

Luke Wilkshire’s 70th-minute penalty allowed 10-man Australia to

salvage a 1-1 draw against Japan on Tuesday in a battle of the

Asian heavyweights in World Cup qualifying.

Australia played a man down after substitute Mark Milligan was

ejected in the 55th minute, and Japan capitalized 10 minutes later

when Keisuke Honda dribbled along the byline and crossed perfectly

for Yuzo Kurihara to tap in.

Wilkshire equalized five minutes later after Saudi referee

Khalil Al Ghamdi awarded a contentious penalty against Atsuto

Uchida for pulling back Alex Brosque on the goal line as Australia

took a corner.

Japan, which also had a man sent off in the 89th minute, leads

group B with seven points from three matches. Australia has drawn

its opening two matches.