Australia, Japan drawn together in WCup qualifying

Australia will continue its fierce rivalry with Japan after the

regional powers were drawn together in the final round of Asian

qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Australia and Japan were drawn in Group B during a ceremony

Friday at the Asian Football Confederation’s headquarters in

Malaysia, along with fellow World Cup veteran Iraq, Jordan and


Group A comprises 2002 World Cup semifinalist South Korea, Iran,

Lebanon, Uzbekistan and 2022 host Qatar.

The top-two teams from each group will advance to the World Cup

finals, while the two third-placed teams playoff for a further


The home-and-away matches are scheduled from June 3, 2012 to

June 18, 2013.