Soccer-Japan sign off with win to end Iraq’s World Cup bid (Reuters)

June 11 (Reuters) – Asian champions Japan finished their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Iraq in Doha on Tuesday that ended the West Asian nation’s slim hopes of joining them in Brazil. Iraq enjoyed plenty of possession and created lots of chances in the searing Qatari heat but could not find a way through and Japan made them pay with an 89th minute goal on the counter from Shinji Okazaki. The result leaves Japan on 17 points from their eight games with Iraq bottom on five ahead of their eighth and final fixture away to Australia next week. …

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