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Australia, South Korea, Iran Qualify for World Cup

Australia, South Korea and Iran joined Japan in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday. In Sydney, substitute Josh Kennedy’s 83rd minute header from a Mark Bresciano cross secured a 1-0 win for Australia against Iraq, which was enough to lift the Socceroos above Oman and Jordan in the race for second-place in Group A. In Ulsan, Reza Ghoochannejhad’s 60th minute goal was enough for Iran to overtake South Korea in Group A, although the Koreans still qualified thanks to a superior goal difference versus third-place Uzbekistan.

"It's amazing for the country," Aussie captain Lucas Neill said after the win against Iraq. "Three World Cups (in a row) now. It wasn't pretty but we beat what was in front of us. Tonight let's look at the positives, Australia are going to Brazil!" Australia has now qualified for its fourth-ever World Cup, while South Korea has qualified eight times consecutively and nine times overall. Iran, meanwhile, is making its fourth appearance, having qualified for the first time since 1998.

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