6th leg of the 2nd stage of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers. Japan needed to win by a difference of three goals in order to qualify for the Madrid Olympic Games. Otherwise Australia would be the nation qualifying.

In the first half, Kazuo Tachibana scored assisted by Taro Misaki with an acrobatic and dangerous combi play with his twin brother Masao Tachibana. After this they had to be replaced by Ken Wakashimazu and Shun Nitta. In the 35th minute Nitta scored, assisted by Wakashimazu.

For the second half forward Macbeth, the one that forced the red card for Gakuto Igawa in the previous game, came in for Australia. Mark Duviga put the 2-1 in the 75th minute, assisted by Harry Konwell. However, Igawa redeemed himself when he scored in the 84th minute, assisted by Misaki. After this goal Mitsuru Sano replaced Takeshi Sawada.

In the 89th minute Taro Misake managed to scored the 4-1 and qualify Japan for the Olympics almost in the last minute.


League Season
International Qualifiers Pro (Golden 23)


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Japan (U23)224
Australia (U23)011

Japan (U23)

1Morisaki GK
4Ishizaki DF
7Soda DF
8Izawa DF
32G. Igawa DF
6Misugi DM
10Matsuyama DM
11Misaki AM
30Sawada 16 AM
2M. Tachibana 17 FW
3K. Tachibana 18 FW
17Wakashimazu 2 FW
18Nitta 3 FW
16Sano 30 AM

Australia (U23)

7Shooker DM
10Konwell AM
9Duviga FW
16Macbeth FW