The battle to stay in the Bundesliga is set to go to the wire after relegation-threatened Augsburg lost 2-0 at Freiburg on Sunday. Elsewhere, Hamburg and Wolfsburg drew 1-1.
Iraq coach Zico has said their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Japan on Tuesday will be "emotional", having spent 15 years in the East Asian nation and coached the Blue Samurai for four years.
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Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa is grabbing all the headlines but it has been an indifferent season for many Asian players based in Europe.
Japan stars have been speaking about honouring their former team-mate Naoki Matsuda, whose funeral took place yesterday, when the Blue Samurai face Korea Republic in a friendly this week.
Arguably the toughest group in Asian qualifying, Group C features Japan, who will have to be at their best to ensure qualification ahead of Korea DPR, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.