World Cup - Asian round-up

Key wins for Australia, Lebanon, China and Kuwait in Asian section

Lucas Neill: The defender led his Australian side to a crucial win against Thailand

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Australia have made it through to the next stage of World Cup qualifying after a narrow win against Thailand.

The Socceroos won 1-0 to book their place in the next round after gaining 12 points from their five games in Group D.

AZ Alkmaar striker Brett Holman scored the winning goal with 14 minutes of the game remaining.

It leaves Thailand on four points and bottom of the group, two behind Saudi Arabia, who drew 0-0 with third-placed Oman.

China claimed a much-needed 4-0 win against Group A's bottom side Singapore, meaning that they stay in contention for a place in the next round.

Iraq moved level on points with Group A leaders Jordan after a 3-1 victory, scoring all three of their goals in the second half.

Three out of four teams still have a chance to progress from Group B after a crucial 2-1 win for Lebanon against South Korea.

Japan beaten

They are the top two teams in the group, but Kuwait joined Lebanon on eight points after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-1.

Japan and Uzbekistan had already secured their progression to the next phase of the Brazil 2014 qualifiers although Japan fell to a 1-0 defeat to North Korea.

That meant Uzbekistan leapfrogged them win with an emphatic 4-0 triumph over Tajikistan.

Iran also made sure of their place in the next phase with a comfortable 4-1 win over Indonesia in Group E, coupled with 2022 hosts Qatar being held to a 0-0 draw by gulf rivals Bahrain.