Australia, Japan drawn together in WCup qualifying



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia will continue its fierce rivalry with Japan after the regional powers were drawn together in the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Australia and Japan were drawn in Group B during a ceremony Friday at the Asian Football Confederation’s headquarters in Malaysia, along with fellow World Cup veteran Iraq, Jordan and Oman.

Group A comprises 2002 World Cup semifinalist South Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Uzbekistan and 2022 host Qatar.

The top-two teams from each group will advance to the World Cup finals, while the two third-placed teams playoff for a further spot.

The home-and-away matches are scheduled from June 3, 2012 to June 18, 2013.