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Osieck unhappy as Australia beaten by Japan

Holger Osieck will make changes to his Australia line-up for their final East Asian Cup fixture against China.

The Socceroos were beaten 3-2 by Japan in their second outing on Thursday, following on from the 0-0 draw with South Korea to open the tournament, prompting Osieck to prepare to ring the changes.

"We are not happy with the score of the game this evening and I was not happy with our first-half performance," said the German.

"It took us way too long to play the ball forward and get into dangerous areas. However, in the second half, after the substitutions, we played the ball forward and created a lot of problems for the Japanese defence.

"It was good to score two goals in quick succession and I had the impression that Japan were really on the back foot. At that moment, we lost balance in defence and lost the header in midfield, but still the team responded and tried hard to score an equaliser.

"Down the road, when I consider the purpose of our participation at the competition, I will take a lot of positives from the game."

Japan skipped away to a two-goal lead after Manabu Saito and Yuya Osako netted prior to the hour-mark before Mitchell Duke and Tomi Juric managed to level for the Socceroos, however, Osako clinched the in for the Blue Samurai in the 79th minute.

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