Takeshi Okada's Japan became the first team to book their place after earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Uzbekistan in Tashkent, becoming the first team through on sports bet coupons.
Shunji Okazaki grabbed the only goal of the game after nine minutes to book a fourth successive finals berth.
Takeshi Okada: "We played very well. I think we should continue playing this style in the remaining matches."
AUSTRALIA (6 June, 2009)
The Socceroos eased into the World Cup without so much as even conceding a goal in the six matches it took them to qualify.
A 0-0 draw against Qatar in Doha wrapped things up for Pim Verbeek's team after they picked up 14 points in Group A of the final Asian qualifying phase.