Australia 2 – Japan 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Socceroos fell behind minutes before the interval when Marcus Tulio Tanaka was left to roam unmarked in the Aussie box before planting a header past Mark Schwarzer. Tim Cahill turned the match in the hosts’ favour with a double in the second half, the Evertonian first met a Vince Grella free-kick on the hour mark to send a looping header over the Japanese keeper into the opposite corner. In the 76th minute it was two, Cahill meeting a corner at the back-post to complete the turnaround.
South Korea 1 – Iran 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here) in Soeul, it was the Iranians to took the lead when Masoud Shojaei headed in the opener after 51 minutes. The group leaders refused to be beaten though, as Manchester United’s Park Ji-sung equalised eight minutes from time to end the macth all-square.
Saudi Arabia 0 – North Korea 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) North Korea qualified for their first World Cup finals since 1966 after holding Saudi Arabia to a goalless draw in Riyadh.
Bahrain 1 – Uzbekistan 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 17, 2009) Bahrain only needed a draw to make the playoffs but grabbed all three points after Mahmood Abdulrahman scored from a stunning free-kick in the 74th minute.