: Asian giants Japan and South Korea cantered to home wins, while Australia fired blanks in a dour draw with the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday in the final round of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

Japan beat Malaysia 2-0, with a goal in either half breaking the visitor's doughty defence.

Takashi Sekizuka's side opened the scoring in the 10th minute after midfielder Keigo Higashi latched onto a defence-splitting pass to slot the ball beyond the Malaysian goalkeeper.

A 77th-minute strike from substitute Ryohei Yamazaki secured the three points.

South Korea also scored two without reply to beat Oman in Changwon, courtesy a glorious 23rd-minute free-kick from Yoon Bitgaram and a nicely taken second in the 74th minute by Cerezo Osaka midfielder Kim Bo-kyung. — AFP

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