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Ahead of their vital qualifier against Japan, we analyse Iraq's attempt to qualify for Brazil 2014, with coach Zico demanding more from his team if they are to make history.
Japan and Iran came out the happiest after the second day of Round 4 of qualifying for Brazil 2014 following wins, as FIFA.com reviews the four games that took place across Asia.
Asia’s final stage of Brazil 2014 qualifying commences on Sunday with a host of key clashes featuring some of the continent’s elite, while a number of new faces are intent on making an impression.
Some of Asia’s most prominent football nations – Australia, Japan and Iraq – have been drawn alongside some new names as the continent’s Brazil 2014 qualifiers head towards a climax.
Brazil legend Zico, now in charge of Iraq's national team, tells FIFA.com how his side overcame early doubts to qualify for the final round of Asian Zone qualifiers - and why they can take the next step by qualifying for Brazil 2014.