Hosts Brazil opened the Confederations Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Japan but the occasion was marred by protesters.
Round-up: South Korea are on the brink of making another World Cup finals appearance after beating Uzbekistan 1-0.
Japan's 1-1 draw with Australia highlighted two areas still a cause for concern with 12 months to go until the World Cup.
Japan became the first side to qualify for the World Cup finals after claiming a 1-1 draw with Australia.
Shinji Kagawa was recalled to the Japan squad for Wednesday's home friendly against Latvia after returning to fitness.
Gamba Osaka were relegated from the J-League's top flight for the first time after a 2-1 defeat at Jubilo Iwata.
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa has been left out of Japan's World Cup qualifier away to Oman next week as he recovers from a knee injury.
Asia round-up: Australia face a fight to reach the World Cup after they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Jordan in Asian qualifying.
Japan survived severe early pressure from Zico's Iraq to beat them 1-0 at home in their qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni named Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa in the squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Iraq.
Japan named Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa in thei squad for a home friendly against Venezuela next week.
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