The Young Socceroos have gone down to Japan in a seven-goal thriller in their second and final game of the 2014 Asean Football Federation U19 Youth Championship.
Australia took the lead after 17 minutes thanks to a fantastic volley from captain Scott Galloway.
It looked like Paul Okon's men were heading in to the break with a deserved 1-0 lead but two quick-fire goals saw Japan go in 2-1 up.
The Young Socceroos equalised on the hour mark with a diving header from Harry Ascroft.
Japan managed to find their way back in-front shortly after with a well worked goal by Okugawa Masaya.
Australia refused to give up and were rewarded with a spot-kick when Masaya turned hero to villain after handling the ball in the box.
Peter Skapetis stood up and tucked away the penalty but it did not remain 3-3 for long, with Japan re-taking the lead soon after.
Australia's winless streak at all levels against Japan now stretches to 14 games according to Australian football statistician Andrew Howe.
The Joeys have the chance to end that run on Wednesday when they take on Japan at the AFC U16 Championship.
Australia 3-4 Japan
Hang Day Stadium, Hanoi
Australia XI: Jordan Thurtell (GK), Scott Galloway (C), Christopher Naumoff, Jaushua Sotirio, Stefan Mauk, Peter Skapetis, George Blackwood, Daniel Alessi, Harry Ascroft, Benjamin Warland, Benjamin Garuccio.comments