Japan’s Genki Haraguchi reacts after scoring a goal against Iraq in a World Cup qualifier.
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The Tim Cahill factor threatens Japan's hopes of re-energizing their World Cup campaign in a crucial qualifier against Australia in Melbourne Tuesday.Japan hold a winning 8-7 record over reigning Asian Cup champions Australia, but they have had problems preventing the mercurial Cahill from scoring against them.Cahill, 36, who has returned home to play in the A-League with Melbourne City after 18 years plying his trade overseas, has scored five of his 48 international goals against the Japanese.Seventy-eighth ranked China have ambitions of hosting and even winning a World Cup, but have regularly foundered in their qualifying campaigns and face the Uzbeks, who have already beaten Syria and Qatar.
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