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20 minutes ago, Ric Flair said:

How's Barnes not got the nod for the U20's? 

it was the U20s B team he got called up for last time, so I assume there are players ahead of him (for now)

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Meh overall , some games seems interesting 

I'm definitly watching

Japan - Australia & Cameroon - Nigeria (Let's see the moose is his natural habitat) 

Algeria - Zambia return leg is bound to be interesting 

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2 hours ago, Loves2spooge said:

Meh overall , some games seems interesting 

I'm definitly watching

Japan - Australia & Cameroon - Nigeria (Let's see the moose is his natural habitat) 

Algeria - Zambia return leg is bound to be interesting 

Might be good for riyad to be a bit tired before he plays against us on the Saturday!! 

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UAE have beaten Saudi Arabia 2-1.  Terrible for the Saudis, huge for Japan. Here's how it leaves the group:

 

Pos Team

 

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification   35px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png 35px-Flag_of_Saudi_Arabia.svg.png 35px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png 35px-Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates.sv 35px-Flag_of_Iraq.svg.png 35px-Flag_of_Thailand.svg.png
1 35px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Japan 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup   2–1 31 Aug 1–2 2–1 4–0
2 35px-Flag_of_Saudi_Arabia.svg.png Saudi Arabia 9 5 1 3 16 10 +6 16   5 Sep 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0
3 35px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Australia 8 4 4 0 14 8 +6 16 Advance to fourth round   1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 5 Sep
4 35px-Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates.sv United Arab Emirates 9 4 1 4 10 12 −2 13     0–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1
5 35px-Flag_of_Iraq.svg.png Iraq (E) 8 1 2 5 8 11 −3 5   1–1 1–2 1–1 5 Sep 4–0
6 35px-Flag_of_Thailand.svg.png Thailand (E) 8 0 2 6 4 20 −16 2   0–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 31 Aug
 
It means Japan still need to beat Australia on Thursday to confirm qualification, but if they fail to beat the Aussies, a draw in Saudi Arabia next week will now be enough.
 
If Japan win on Thursday, it raises the intriguing prospect of Australia then having to rely on an already-qualified Japan getting a result in Saudi Arabia. If it comes to that, the Aussies wouldn't need to worry about the Japanese attitude. Japanese players having a celebratory piss-up the night before a game in Jeddah is, for numerous reasons, about the least likely scenario in world sport.
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Nice Shinji pic in the paper this morning, but...

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...he's only on the bench!  Osako has recovered from his injury faster than expected and keeps his place up front. Japanese forums are going crazy about the starting line up, with Inui and Asano chosen to support Osako. Honda and Kagawa on the bench with Okazaki. If this doesn't work out for boss Halilhodzic he could be out of a job by tomorrow morning. Reminder - if Japan win, they've made it to their 6th world cup on the trot.

On the Guardian's site they have a live match blog in Japanese! Only two years after it happened on Foxestalk...

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/aug/31/japan-australia-word-cup-qualifer-live-in-japanese

 

Give us your thoughts, Aussie Foxes!  Kick-off 11.35 am UK time

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3 minutes ago, Blue ROI said:

Does the winner of this game qualify?

 

Hard to imagine a world cup without either team these days

2nd last game of the group.

 

Japan 17 points

Saudi Arabia 16 points

Australia 16 points

 

Last Game Saudi v Japan and Australia v Thailand (2pts).

 

So winner of this game Australia v Japan will automatically go thru but both teams get another chance in the last game.

 

3rd also gets a play off spot which is v 3rd in the other Asia group then winner plays 5th in South America I believe.

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Just now, Melbourne Fuchs said:

"AUS forever in our shadow" lol. That's a bit harsh.

That's a response to 'Japan - forever in our shadow' -  a banner a few years back from the Aussie fans.  If Japan get a result on Tuesday to help the Aussies it could  be 'AUS - forever in our debt'.  Though even if Japan lose, Australia can surely make up the goal difference against Thailand and pip the Saudis to the second automatic spot. 

 

Shinji summary - he'll be happy Japan have secured their WC qualification, but - Osako looked so good that Shinji will have a hell of a job getting his place back. He came on for the last five minutes for his 110th cap and ran around like a mad man - very effectively actually, flying in with tackles and pressuring the Aussie defenders. 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, kushiro said:

That's a response to 'Japan - forever in our shadow' -  a banner a few years back from the Aussie fans.  If Japan get a result on Tuesday to help the Aussies it could  be 'AUS - forever in our debt'.  Though even if Japan lose, Australia can surely make up the goal difference against Thailand and pip the Saudis to the second automatic spot. 

 

Shinji summary - he'll be happy Japan have secured their WC qualification, but - Osako looked so good that Shinji will have a hell of a job getting his place back. He came on for the last five minutes for his 110th cap and ran around like a mad man - very effectively actually, flying in with tackles and pressuring the Aussie defenders. 

 

 

I didn't think it was possible for me to love Shinji any more but if he manages to score against Saudis I might find a way.

 

That's a brilliant Shinji summary, it was such a typical hard-working performance from him in his few minutes on the pitch, I was worried he was going to injure himself with some of those tackles he was making.

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Daniel Iversen was left out of the list above. He got his Denmark U21 debut today in a 3-0 qualifier win over the Faroe Islands :appl:

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Nigeria vs Cameroon is live on BT Sport at 5pm and our very own Wilf is starting. 

 

:)  

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Iheanacho came on as a 2nd half sub and has scored a diving header. 

6 goals in 10 games for Nigeria now. 

 

Commentator just said he loves September for goals. Good omen for us! 

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22 minutes ago, StanSP said:

Iheanacho came on as a 2nd half sub and has scored a diving header. 

6 goals in 10 games for Nigeria now. 

 

Commentator just said he loves September for goals. Good omen for us! 

It's Actually 7 goals in 11 Games for Nigeria or 8 in 12 if you include the unofficial Friendly Nigeria played against Corsica. 

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