Japan beats Australia in World Cup qualifier

In soccer, Japan's 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign got back on track at home when the Samurai Blue defeated Australia with some late drama.

Japan made a good start in the 8th minute when Tanaka Ao scored the opener.

Japan had struggled in previous matches and desperately sought to widen their lead.

But Australia leveled in the 70th minute. Ajdin Hrustic netted a stunning free kick after the referee originally called for a penalty kick.

The match remained tied until the 85th minute.

Asano Takuma fired on goal but when Australia's keeper failed to clear his defender deflected into the net for an own goal.

Japan now has 2 wins and 2 losses in Group B and is three points back of Australia which was handed its first loss.