Socceroos go down to Japan in friendly

THE Socceroos have endured their eighth straight loss, after going down 2-1 to Japan in Osaka overnight.

Two second-half strikes from Japan’s Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki looked to set to leave the Australian side red-faced before late substitute Tim Cahill headed home a consolation goal in extra-time.

Tuesday’s friendly shaped as the Socceroos’ last chance to renew Australia’s hopes ahead of the Asian Cup on home soil.


Despite the loss, coach Ange Postecoglou said fans could take encouragement from their first half performance.

He also added there were plenty of positives to take from the match, especially since key players Mark Milligan, Mathew Spiranovic and Tommy Oar were all absent from the clash.

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