Match Day 4 of the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers did not disappoint with Japan downing Australia, while South Korea and Iran shared the spoils.
Japan put their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign back on track by snapping the Socceroos' record 11-game winning streak.
Australia's record-breaking run in World Cup qualifying ended on Tuesday when Aziz Behich's late own goal handed Japan the win.
Having shown plenty of endeavour without reward so far in the Asian World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam will be looking for victory against Oman.
Australia are setting records and in the box-seat for a fifth straight appearance at a World Cup after Friday's 3-1 qualifying win over Oman.
With late drama and star turns from some big names, there was plenty to digest from the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Socceroos remain in prime position to qualify for Qatar 2022, prevailing 3-1 over Oman to stretch their winning streak in World Cup qualifying.
The prospect of setting a record winning streak for a single World Cup qualifying campaign doesn't interest Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.
As the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup resume on Thursday, we look at the main talking points from the six matches on Match Day 3.
Graham Arnold has said he will not force anyone to play for Australia, ahead of Gianni Stensness' switch from New Zealand.
Australia won't be able to call on Brad Smith for World Cup qualifiers against Oman or Japan after the left-back tested positive for COVID-19.
Japan and South Korea both overcame their opening losses with 1-0 wins while Saudi Arabia prove to be a threat in Group B.
Australia sealed their 10th straight win in Vietnam, but next month's trip to Japan will be a much sterner test of their World Cup credentials.
Rhyan Grant's header earned Australia back-to-back victories in Asia's World Cup preliminaries as Graham Arnold's side defeated Vietnam.
Australia are eyeing a second consecutive win in the third round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup but must be wary of plucky Vietnam.
Oman pulled off a stunning upset of heavyweights Japan while Vietnam couldn't hold onto their narrow lead against Saudi Arabia
With a record nine-game winning streak now in Asian competition, the Socceroos needed the victory over China to keep their momentum going.
Australia have made a perfect start to the next step of World Cup qualifying, defeating China 3-0 at Qatar's Khalifa International Stadium.
Asia's 12 remaining hopefuls will resume their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday when the third round of qualifiers begin.
Star duo Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy will return for the Socceroos as they embark on the next step of their World Cup qualifying journey next week.
Australia captain Mathew Leckie has chosen to withdraw from the national team indefinitely over the government's quarantine curbs on travel.
After an undefeated start on the road to Qatar, the Socceroos will face China and Vietnam next month with major challenges on and off the field.
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