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CRICKET: Australia, Iran, South Korea qualify for 2014 World Cup

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2013 | 8:37 AM

Australia, Iran and South Korea have now joined Japan as the teams already qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Australia sealed a place in their third consecutive World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iraq in Sydney last night.

As a result of the victory, they finished second behind Asian Football Confederation Group ‘B’ winners Japan.

Reza Ghoochannejad's winner allowed Iran to beat South Korea 1-0 and top Group ‘A’ with both countries qualifying.

The result mean South Korea stayed ahead of Uzbekistan on goal difference.

Uzbekistan's 5-1 victory over Qatar moved them to within one goal of South Korea, but the result was not enough to overtake them.

Uzbekistan will now meet Jordan in a two-legged play-off in September, with the winners going on to play the fifth-placed team from South America in November for a place at the World Cup.


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