Australia, Japan qualify for Olympic men's soccer

Updated: 22 November 2007 14:23 IST

Australia, Japan and South Korea secured draws on Wednesday to advance to next year's Olympic Games men's soccer tournament.

Bangkok:

Australia, Japan and South Korea secured draws on Wednesday to advance to next year's Olympic Games men's soccer tournament.

Australia drew 1-1 at North Korea, Japan had a scoreless home draw against Saudi Arabia, as did South Korea against Bahrain.

A contentious 70th-minute goal by Australia's Mark Milligan cancelled out Pak Chol-min's 10th-minute opener.

Australia topped Group A with 12 points, one ahead of Iraq, which beat Lebanon 5-2 later on Wednesday.

Reports said Milligan's headed goal appeared to hit the hand of teammate Adrian Leijer before the ball crossed the line.

Japan, which needed only to avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia to be certain of qualifying, finished Group C with 11 points.

South Korea topped Group B with 12 points. Bahrain finished second with 11.

Topics : Football Olympics 2012
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