Massimo Luongo suffers World Cup setback

MASSIMO Luongo’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals suffered a setback after Australia lost 2-0 to Japan on Thursday morning.

The QPR midfielder played the full 90 minutes in Saitama, where goals towards the end of either half from Takuma Asano and Ideguchi Yosuke fired the hosts to victory which clinched their own qualification.

Defeat means Luongo and co must now win their final qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday and hope results elsewhere go their way if they are to make it to Russia next summer.