20 Jun 2013

Socceroos, Iran and South Korea qualify for World Cup finals

6:08 am on 20 June 2013

It was a nervous night for more than 80,000 Australian football fans in Sydney's rain-drenched Olympic stadium before substitute Josh Kennedy headed home the only goal seven minutes from time in a 1-0 win over Iraq to qualify the Socceroos for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

The stadium erupted and Kennedy was mobbed by his team-mates as they celebrated the goal that secured the win they needed to seal second place in Asian qualifying Group B.

Iran, South Korea and Japan are also among the Asian qualifiers for Brazil 2014.