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Football: Australia beat Iraq to qualify for 2014 World Cup

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Australia beat Iraq 1-0 Tuesday to become only the second country to reach next year's World Cup in Brazil through qualifying.

On a tense night in front of 80,000 fans in Sydney, substitute striker Josh Kennedy rose unmarked in the 83rd minute to nod home the winner and seal the Socceroos' third consecutive World Cup spot.

Australia go through by finishing second in their group in Asia's final qualifying round, behind table-toppers Japan who ensured their passage two weeks ago. Hosts Brazil have a bye.

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