All Japan news became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, tying Australia 1-1 on Tuesday, thanks to Keisuke Honda’s penalty kick in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.
In a stadium packed with more than 62,000 people, Tommy Oar scored for Australia in the 82nd minute.
One year and eight days before the tournament opener in Sao Paulo, All Japan news qualified for its fifth straight World Cup and joined host Brazil, according to the international press.
“I have achieved one of the goals I was hired for,” All Japan news coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. “But just qualifying is not enough. We have a very strong commitment to playing well so we will aim even higher in Brazil.”
“Honda is a special player,” said Zaccheroni, who previously coached AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Lazio. “He has two important qualities: he is strong physically and he is strong mentally. That was his first full 90-minute game since November and he was spectacular.”
All Japan news has 14 points and leads Group B in the final round of Asian qualifying, before Oman with nine points, Australia with seven points, Jordan with six points and Iraq with five points.
The top two teams in each group qualify, and the third-place teams advance to a playoff.