Australia beat Iraq to qualify for 2014 World Cup

Australia beat Iraq 1-0 Tuesday to become only the second country to reach next year's World Cup in Brazil through qualifying.

updated: June 18, 2013 17:20 IST
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Sydney: Australia secured their place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil Tuesday with a late strike from Josh Kennedy firing them to a tense 1-0 win over an under-strength Iraq at Stadium Australia.

It was an unconvincing victory in front of a sell-out 80,000 crowd, but ensured the Socceroos will appear at their third consecutive World Cup, alongside Japan who are already through from Asian Group B qualifying.

The result put Australia on 13 points, out of reach of Oman (nine points) and Jordan (seven points) who play later Wednesday.

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