7 Jun 2009

Japan and Australia qualifying for football's World Cup

6:35 am on 7 June 2009

Japan and Australia have become the first two teams to qualify for the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa.

Japan beat Uzbekistan 1-0 in a Group One qualifier on Saturday whikle Australia's 0-0 draw with Qatar in Doha was enough to see them through.

Shinji Ozaki struck the only goal early in the game to secure Japan's place at their fourth finals. They were also the first team through to the 2006 tournament in Germany.