Japan celebrates World Cup berth
Keisuke Honda was elevated to national hero on Wednesday with banner front pages hailing his last gasp equaliser against Australia that secured Japan's berth to the World Cup. The CSKA Moscow midfielder banged home a stoppage time penalty at Saitama Stadium near Tokyo to give the Asian champions the draw they needed to propel them to Brazil as the first team to qualify. Grandpa, I did it," said the Sports Nippon on a wraparound front page that showed the goal-scorer on his knees looking up to the sky.
The 1-1 result left the Asian champions seven points clear and uncatchable in Group B, putting them through to their fifth straight World Cup. It was the first time they have sealed qualification on home soil.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online