Tuesday, September 2, 2014   

(Asian Cup) Champs Japan draw Iraq, Aussies face South Korea
(03-26 19:12)

Australia's prospects of winning the Asian Cup on home soil in 2015 became significantly more difficult when the Socceroos were drawn into Pool A with 2002 World Cup semi-finalist South Korea.
The top four ranked teams were seeded into different groups, with South Korea slipping to No 5 in the region ahead of the draw and, in turn, becoming the most threatening team from the second pot of nations.
Australia will play Kuwait in the tournament opener on January 9 in Melbourne. Oman were also drawn into Group A.
Defending champion Japan were drawn into Group D with 2007 Asian champion Iraq, Jordan and the winners of the eight-team 2014 AFC Challenge Cup to be held in the Maldives in May.
In Group B, Uzbekistan will face three-time champion Saudi Arabia, China and North Korea in what appears the tournament's most competitive group.
Iran were placed with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain in an all-West Asian Group C.—AP

   
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