Halilhodzic dodges bullet as Japan reach World Cup

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan’s beleaguered head coach Vahid Halilhodzic will live to fight another day after his side qualified for their sixth straight World Cup with a 2-0 home win over Australia.

Defeat by the Asian Cup holders could have cost him his job, but the firebrand Franco-Bosnian dodged a bullet thanks to a dogged performance on Thursday that guaranteed Japan will finish top of their group.

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