Iran, South Korea, Australia reach 2014 FIFA World Cup

Uzbekistan beat Qatar 5-1 in Tashkent but, needing to win by seven goals, failed to overhaul South Korea for the second automatic qualifying spot in Group A. The former Soviet Republic now go into a play-off series.

updated: June 18, 2013 21:02 IST
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Ulsan, South Korea: Asian giants Iran, South Korea and Australia reached the 2014 World Cup but Uzbekistan narrowly failed to book their place on a dramatic night of action on Tuesday.

Australia left it late before substitute striker Josh Kennedy earned a 1-0 win over Iraq in Sydney, enough to take the Socceroos through to their third successive World Cup.

Later, Iran edged a grudge match with South Korea 1-0 in Ulsan to qualify top of Group A, giving the hosts some nervous moments as they awaited news from Tashkent, where rivals Uzbekistan were playing Qatar.

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