Japan stayed excellent in World Cup qualifying by routing Mongolia 14-Zero, its fifth win of the second stage coming 16 months after the fourth.
The Japanese scored 5 targets within the first half, added 9 extra within the second and now lead Group F with 15 factors. A victory over Myanmar on June Three will safe first place within the group and a spot within the third spherical of Asian qualifying.
The eight group winners and 4 greatest second-place groups will advance to the following stage, which is scheduled to start out in September.
Takumi Minamino, Yuya Osako, Daichi Kamada and Hidemasa Morita all scored within the first half, together with an own-goal from Mongolia defender Khash-Erdene Tuyaa.
Osako ended up with a hat trick, whereas Sho Inagaki, Junya Ito and Kyogo Furuhashi scored two targets every. Takuma Asano additionally scored.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu stated an enormous profitable margin in opposition to Mongolia wasn’t the precedence.
“Slightly than specializing in their opponents, our gamers targeting what they wished to realize for themselves,” Moriysasu stated in feedback reported by the Kyodo information company.
“I used to be in a position to attempt some completely different formations and develop our choices.”
The Japanese warmed up with a Three-Zero win final week in a pleasant in opposition to South Korea, organized after their scheduled match in opposition to Myanmar was postponed.
Tuesday’s sport had been scheduled to happen in Mongolia however was modified due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Asian Soccer Confederation determined earlier this month to play all remaining Group F matches in Japan. Mongolia was coming off a Three-Zero loss to Tajikistan in Dushabe final Thursday, one of many first video games in Asian qualifying since November 2019.
Later Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beat Palestine 5-Zero in the one different qualifying match from the Asian area and moved to the highest of Group D above Uzbekistan.
Yasser Al-Shahrani and Fahad Al-Muwallad scored late within the first half to provide the hosts the lead in Riyadh. Two targets from Saleh Al-Shehri early within the second and a late penalty from Salem Al-Dawsari accomplished the rout.
(With inputs from AP).