PEEEEP! And that's your lot. Australia had a thrilling mini-comeback in the second-half when they were 2-0 down but it was a bitty performance and the Socceroos did not defend well when it mattered.
90 min+2: Australia have been in Japan's half ever since conceding what will probably be the winner. They jut haven't had someone with the craft of Saito to create an opening. Zadkovic has a speculative punt from distance, which speculates and very little else.
90 min: It should be remembered that Australia's players are lacking match practice (apart from the one the other day). Anyway, they have improved as the game has gone on, in attack anyway.
88 min: Australia are pouring forward as time runs out and they win a corner. Goodwin is on for McKay. The corner wasn't up to much, by the way..
85 min: McGowan has a nice air-kick at a Japan cross, luckily no one is hanging around to follow it up.
83 min: McKay has a free-kick on the edge of the area. He whips a dangerous cross in. Juric appeals for a penalty - it did look like he had his short pulled in the box. More Saito worship. "Great to see my man, Saito, playing a blinder," says John Allen. "Imagine how much we, Yokohama F-Marinos that is, would have stuffed Man Utd by if he'd not been with Japan?"
Guess how happy the Socceroos were about that equaliser? Really happy. So happy they were still celebrating when Japan wandered up the pitch, passed it to Osako, who placed the ball past Galekovic. Some very good finishing tonight and some very shoddy defending (form both sides). Told you Japan wouldn't miss Saito.
Wow. Saito really is good. Not as god as Juric though. He's just jogged on to the pitch when he gets the ball on the edge of the area, he takes his time and slots home. Well, well, well. Oh, hang on ...
Japan have an excellent chance at the other end but Australia head up the pitch, Nicholls heads on and the ball drops invitingly at Duke's feet. He slams the ball past the keeper: an excellent goal. Told you they'd miss Saito.
75 min: Saito is replaced by Kudo, a shame because - as I've already mentioned 48 times already - he has been the best player on the pitch. He's not the best player having a sit down and a drink. Let's see if Australia can exploit his absence.
73 min: Takahashi skims a pass through the Australia defence but North does well to usher the ball through to Galekovic.
70 min: The excellent Saito is fouled by Milligan as he surges forward. The Japan player has done his World Cup chances no harm at all tonight, the best player on the pitch. Yamada delivers an apology of a free-kick that Galekovic gathers with ease.
67 min: Chiba is nearly played in but Nichols does well enough to handle the danger. On the bench, Osiech definitely has a better shirt than Zacheroni, but Zacheroni probably has a better team. But, you know, shirts are important.
64 min: Zadkovic is bossing this game now, and he has another shot at goal. Well played, sir.
62 min: Australia have another good chance - and it's their best chance of the game. Zadkovic scampers down the right and puts in a dangerous cross that the keeper palms away. Yamaguchi is on for Ohgihara.
60 min: Australia nearly get back in it. A free-kick is swung into the box. Milligan heads on, it deflects off a defender and Milligan gets a second chance to shoot but stabs ithe ball into the keeper's embrace.
58 min: In truth, that goal is well deserved. Japan have been technically much, much better than Australia. Nichols is on for Vidosic. Oh, and Osako has been booked.
Another great goal for Japan. The ball is raked across the edge of the area, Saito steps over the pass allowing Osako to run on and after a few tricks and dinks he slots it past Galekovic.
54 min: Japan have a free-kick around 30-yards out. Duke stoops to head away though. "Australians are still getting over the Liverpool visit and don't even know the East Asian cup is on," says Douglas Hynd. I think that includes the Australians on the pitch at the moment, unfortunately.
51 min: "Matt McKay in the photo looks like a Leo Messi impersonator," says James Galloway, who may well be a Hollywood agent, if Matt is lucky. "Maybe he can do that if the football career doesn't take off? Or maybe he was playing in the Bayern games last season, there seemed to be an ersatz version on the pitch" McKay once played for Rangers, does that count as your career taking off? Probably not these days. In fact, McKay chips in with a terrible cross. Somewhere the real Messi shakes his head in shame.
48 min: "God, Holger Osieck looks Brazilian football legend Alberto Zaccheroni, I think to myself as he appears on TV." The I realise it's actually Alberto Zaccheroni looking like himself. Japan get a corner but it's a simple clearance for Australia.
46 min: Australia stroll out for the second half. The Japanese three-year-old Ultras are quiet - they're probably having a nap - so the cameramen show us some obligatory shots of Lovely Girls. Australia start in the same crafty way they ended the first-half - with an agricultural boot up the park. "It's a shame you have to put with Fox - I sniffed out a link to the Fuji TV stream and the commentator is giving the South Americans a run for their money with his unnecessary enthusiasm and and over-the-top excitement every time a Japanese player so much as crosses the halfway line," says Matt Loten. "A disappointing lack of 'GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! GOL GOL GOOOOOL!' after Saito's beauty, but entertaining nonetheless." They'd probably exhausted themselves with excitement when they saw Zadkovic's full array of shanks and misplaced passes.
Half-time emails! Let's see ... ah, there are no half-time emails. Well, just write yourself a witty, insightful email and entertain yourself. It's probably better than anything I would have managed.
Half-time: And the ref blows for the interval. Australia started brightly enough - and they are better than against South Korea - but Japan have been far better. It doesn't help that the Socceroos are allowing their opponent plenty of time on the ball.
45 min: Australia are determined to give Toyoda as much time as they can, whether he's shooting, crossing or just having a nice rest in midfield. Anyway, his cross is headed over by Takahashi.
44 min: From the comfort of my air-conditioned office it looks horribly sapping conditions out in South Korea. Both sets of players are happy to slow the tempo as half-time and drinks await. Important update on the Ultras: "The (14) Japan Ultras are led by a certain Asahi-san and his brother," says Justin Moyse. Asahi is also the head supporter for FC Tokyo and owns the Bombonera bar in Tokyo dedicated to Boca Juniors. When Asahi-san studied in England many years ago he was a Leeds United supporter..." I'm guessing he's one of the ones old enough to drink.
41 min: Some sloppy defending frm Japan, gifts the ball to Duke, who wins a corner. The ball comes out to McKay on the edge of the area, he hits it so sweetly the ball almost sings. The ball dips over and the three-year-old Ultras look very relieved indeed.
38 min: No one bothers to mark Toyoda - why would you? He's only a professional footballer – and he has A LOT of time to head the ball. At Galekovic as it happpns. "I have a disturbing vision of England meeting Japan at the next World Cup," says, and you'll like this, sexcrazedmathematician. "It involves slick Samurai passing a Joe Hart howler, James Milner getting sent off for making a terrible pun about Honda and our desperation summed up by throwing on Peter Crouch in the last minute to no avail."
36 min: A shot of the Japan Ultras! I was mistaken, there are at least 14 of them and three of them are under the age of five. Corner for Japan, Australia get it away but Japan hover ominously until a misplaced pass allows the Socceroos to clear. Japan are linking well, and if you didn't know you'd probably say it was them who were unchanged.
33 min: The Japan Ultras - all three of them - are having a fine old sing song after the opening goal. They'll be chucking lighted kids' scooters on to the pitch next. McGowan charges forward and Japan look briefly panicked before clearing.
30 min: I give a little sigh of pleasure at some lovely skill from Japan: a backheel played into the area requires some sharp defending from the Socceroos. They've allowed Japan a lot of time outside the area, and Saito has made them pay.
28 min: That's Saito's first international goal and it was a beauty. Australia have got into decent positions but Japan - and in particular Saito - have always looked more incisive. Milligan obliges me as he heads wide after a McKay cross.
Yamada has a couple of ice ages to cross, but Australia get the ball away. As far as Saito anyway, who curls the ball past Galekovic. A brilliant goal.
25 min: Australia's best positioned free-kick so far, about 30 yards out. The ball plonks on to Thwaite's head but he can't control it and it flops over the bar.
24 min: Great tackle from Jade "Bronson" North, sliding in with a crunching - but fair - tackle on Toyoda. It was in the area too.
21 min: A free-kick for Australia pretty much on the halfway line. The through ball is cunning enough to elude Japan's defenders.
And Australia's midfield.
19 min: Australia continue to press amiably. The pitch tonight is excellent, set up for a passing game, which Japan appear to be set-up better to exploit. Franjic tries to muscle past Ohgihara at the edge of the area-ish but the Japanese player holds him off.
16 min: Well, the Socceroos are already way better than they were against South Korea. That could be because this is an unchanged line-up or maybe because they couldn't really be any worse. Having said that, Japan have been the better, more composed team. Thompson crosses towards the far post but the keeper cuts out the pass.
14 min: Vidosic chases after a through ball from Thompson but there's too much weight on it. Thompson then effs upa thte other end, giving away possession. Saito has the shot but it does no more than bother the shins of the Australian defence.
11 min: This is what Japan are up against tonight from Zadkovich (thanks for Shaun Mooney). Be very afraid. Anyway, Australia have a corner, it's distinctly subpar though and eventually the keeper comes out to claim.
8 min: Lovely passing from Japan, keeping possession around the centre circle. Australia spoil it with a big unreconstructed boot up the pitch. Saito then twists and turns down the right and puts in a great cross, which Yamada strikes and it's deflected wide. "The tweet that you posted of the Japanese team wasn't quite on the mark - that was actually the list of substitutes, of which it seems there are 12," says Matt Loten. "Also, there's a nice little message at the end encouraging you to tune into Fuji TV to catch the game. Of course, I'll be sticking with the infinitely more informed Guardian MBM, don't let me down!" It's on Fuji TV?! Bah! I'm stuck with Fox Sports.
5 min: Handball from Osako and another free-kick to Australia but another stray ball forward that they can't convert into anything significant. Unless you count a goal-kick as significant. Which I don't. Still, they already look more positive than in the last match.
4 min: "Just wondering," says Scott Bassett. "Uh, what the eff is the East Asia Cup? Didn't they already have the Asian Cup and Japan are champions?" John Duerden explains all here, Scott. Basically, it's a round robin tournament that mainly tests out less experienced players [remembers to sell it] but really exciting, undiscovered ones. And it's a bit more east than the Asian Cup.
1 min: It's a humid old night at the stadium and the players are sweating already. Just as well Holger packed that bollowy shirt. Thompson wins an early free-kick, which is punted forward and out for a goal kick. The Korean broadcaster rather charmingly lists the players' full names - and we found out that Jade North's middle name is Bronson.
The teams are out, there are rather fewer fans than there were in the MCG for Liverpool v Melbourne Victory last night. Arsenal really need to make a £40m bid for Ruben Zadkovich to get the numbers up.
Osieck says that "due to our schedule" he's named an unnamed team - he wants to take a look at some of the players again before deciding to drop them when Tim Cahill and Tommy Oar wanders back asking who's nicked their shirts. Talking of shirts, Holger has a spiffy violet number on, which reveals a tasteful amount of chest.
"Tom," says Peter German. Peter! "Seeing as this is a tournament for experimentation, why doens't Osieck really go for it and play a bold 0-0-formation. Sure, we'd lose 14-5 but it would shake things up and put Japan's 3-3 bore draw the other day into the shade."
Interesting that Osieck has gone for an unchanged side in a tournament which is pretty much for experimentation. Japan, meanwhile, have changed their line-up completely.
Moriwaki, Tokunaga, Yamada, Takahashi, Osako, Gonda, Suzuki, Ohgihara, Saito, Toyoda, Chiba
And I reckon this is the Japanese team. Although it could be a review of the new Superman movie for all I know.
Here is the Australia team, IN CAPITALS JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Evening, and welcome to coverage of Australia F aginst Japan H in the East Asian Cup. That may be a little cruel but with players being released to take part in pre-season friendlies, it’s clear where priorities lie. Still, a good performance at the East Asian Cup (witness how Eugene Galeković put himself into contention for the World Cup with his performance against South Korea at the weekend) could book a place on the plane to Brazil 2014. Or maybe a place on that bus which takes you to the terminal. Since qualifying for the World Cup, tonight’s opponents Japan have been in some rather meh form. And lost three in a row (admittedly against Japan, Italy and Mexico) before they drew 3-3 against China in their East Asian Cup opener.
That game must have been 8,478% more interesting than the Socceroos’ opener, a 0-0 draw so dull that some people were rumoured to have fallen asleep just writing abouZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Anyway, by all accounts Japan’s defence was laughable against China, so here’s hoping for some goals.