Japan have not started very well the qualifiers with that home defeat against UAE, but after that were 3 wins and a draw on the road against Australia. They have lost that match against UAE as I have said before, but they were the better team. Was the same old problem with creating a lot of goal scoring chances, but couldn't finish them. Also, UAE received some help from the Arab referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim who is from Qatar and led an UAE game. I don't think this time we will see another Arab referee. After that win against Japan, UAE won the home games against Thailland (3-1) and Iraq (2-0), but lost to Saudi Arabia (0-3) and Australia (0-1). Skipper Makoto Hasebe withdrew from the squad due to injury, but Japan still have a very good team. Honda is not playing too much at Milan, but maybe this is a good news for Japan. Hope he will deliver at the national team.
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