Australia v Japan, 12 June 2006

Score3-1 to Australia
RefereeEssam Abd El Fatah
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group F
VenueFritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance46,000
Kick-Off: 15:00 Local (14:00 BST) Assistant referees: Dramane Danté (Mali) Mamadou N'Doye (Senegal) Fourth official: Éric Poulat (France) Fifth official: Vincent Texier (France) Man of the Match: Tim Cahill (Australia) A controversial decision by the referee to allow Shunsuke Nakamura's opening goal as Mark Schwarzer appeared to be fouled. With the score at 1-1, Japan were denied a definite penalty on 85 minutes after a foul by Tim Cahill in the penalty area.

3  Australia

Manager: Guus Hiddink

1  Japan

Manager: Zico

Goals:

Tim Cahill 84 G
Tim Cahill 89 G
John Aloisi 90 G

Goals:

Shunsuke Nakamura 26 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
Defender Brett Emerton
Defender Craig Moore
Defender/Midfielder Scott Chipperfield
Defender/Midfielder Lucas Neill
Midfielder Mark Bresciano
Midfielder Jason Culina
Midfielder Vince Grella
Midfielder Luke Wilkshire
Midfielder/Forward Harry Kewell
Forward Mark Viduka (captain)

Starting lineup:

Defender Yūichi Komano
Defender Yuji Nakazawa
Defender Keisuke Tsuboi
Defender/Centre back Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (captain)
Midfielder Takashi Fukunishi
Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura
Midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata

Substitutions:

Tim Cahill for Mark Bresciano 53
Josh Kennedy for Craig Moore 61
John Aloisi for Luke Wilkshire 75

Substitutions:

Teruyuki Moniwa for Keisuke Tsuboi 56
Shinji Ono for Atsushi Yanagisawa 79
Masashi Oguro for Teruyuki Moniwa 90

Cards:

Vince Grella 34 Y
Craig Moore 57 Y
Tim Cahill 69 Y
John Aloisi 77 Y

Cards:

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 31 Y
Naohiro Takahara 40 Y
Teruyuki Moniwa 68 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ante Covic
Goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac
Defender/Centre back Tony Popovic
Defender/Midfielder Mark Milligan
Midfielder Stan Lazaridis
Midfielder Josip Skoko
Midfielder/Forward Tim Cahill
Forward John Aloisi
Forward Josh Kennedy
Forward Mile Sterjovski
Forward Archie Thompson

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Yoichi Doi
Goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki
Defender/Right back Mitsuo Ogasawara
Defender Akira Kaji
Defender Teruyuki Moniwa
Defender Koji Nakata
Midfielder Yasuhito Endo
Midfielder Junichi Inamoto
Midfielder Shinji Ono
Forward Seiichiro Maki
Forward Masashi Oguro
Forward Keiji Tamada

Comments:

This was Australia's opening game in their second World Cup finals. They also took part in the 1974 tournament that was held in West Germany. Not only was this Australia's first win in the World Cup, it was also the first goals they had scored. Remarkably, it is the first time that any team has scored three times in the last six minutes of a World Cup finals game.

Comments:

Japan have yet to win their opening game of a World Cup finals. In 1998 they were beaten 1-0 by Argentina then, in 2002, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Belgium.