Australia, Japan grouped in WC qualifiers

AP, The West Australian March 9, 2012, 8:41 pm
Australia, Japan grouped in WC qualifiers

Australia will continue a fierce football 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 on Friday at the Asian Football Confederation's headquarters in Malaysia, along with fellow World Cup veterans Iraq, Jordan and Oman.

Group A comprises 2002 World Cup semifinalists South Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Uzbekistan and 2022 hosts 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 spot.

The home-and-away matches are scheduled from June 3, 2012 to June 18 2013.