Australia, Iran and Korea Republic are celebrating after they confirmed their participation at Brazil 2014, while Uzbekistan narrowly fell short and must play-off against Jordan for a spot in the intercontinental qualifier.
Australia downed Iraq 1-0 to qualify for Brazil 2014, while Iran edged Korea Republic 1-0 to get to Brazil, though Korea Republic also qualified on goal differential despite Uzbekistan's 5-1 win over Qatar.
Substitute Josh Kennedy's late goal has taken Australia through to Brazil 2014 with a nervy and hard-fought 1-0 win over Iraq.
A 2-1 victory over title rivals Vegalta Sendai gave Sanfrecce Hiroshima a two-point lead in the J.League, while Urawa Red Diamonds beat Yokohama F Marinos to stay in contention.
Australia's most consistent goalscorers over the past year have been J.League pair Alex Brosque and Josh Kennedy with their presence adding even more resonance to the Socceroos crucial Brazil 2014 qualifier against Japan.
Asia’s qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 will gather momentum on Friday as Australia and Korea Republic make their bow in the Round Four stage with trips to Oman and Qatar respectively.