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.