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Neill confident of Australia making 2014 World Cup

Lucas Neill is supremely confident that the Australian national team will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Socceroos have kicked off the final round of Asian qualifying with two draws from their opening two matches, highlighted by the 1-1 draw against Group B leaders Japan in Brisbane on Tuesday.

The Australian side were controversially reduced to ten men when Mark Milligan copped a soft second yellow card in the 55th minute before Japanese defender Yuzo Kurihara put the Blue Samurai ahead.

However, the Socceroos rallied despite the one-man disadvantage and managed to equalize through Luke Wilkshire's 70th minute penalty (although that was also controversial) and now Neill feels that his side, and reigning Asian champions Japan, will be there in Brazil in two years' time.

"If Japan keep beating their opposition and we beat ours then we'll be on our way to Brazil," he said.

"We showed what we were all about and I'm sure we'll go on and win plenty of games and make sure when we come home we don't lose.

"We'll be there."

The Socceroos' remaining WC qualifiers in 2012 are against Jordan in September and Iraq in October - both matches are away.

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