“We have had some difficulties lately, but the players’ courage and determination has delivered us this very important result,” Japan’s coach said. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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Thailand's national football team gave the country a lift by holding Asian champions Australia to a shock 2-2 draw in World Cup qualifying Tuesday.The Koreans gave coach Uli Stielike the perfect 62nd birthday gift with a come-from-behind victory over Uzbekistan in Seoul that lifted them into second spot in Group A behind Iran, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Syria.The gamble paid off big time as the "Blue Samurai" picked up three crucial points, lifting Japan into second place, level on 10 points with the Saudis, while Australia slipped to third, a point behind with five games left to play.Two penalties from Australia skipper Mile Jedinak were canceled out by two goals, one from the spot, by Thailand's Teerasil Dangda.
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