FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Japan demolish Mongolia 14-0; Saudi Arabia beat Palestine

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Japan demolish Mongolia 14-0; Saudi Arabia beat Palestine

The eight group winners and 4 finest second-place groups from FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers will advance to the following stage, which is scheduled to start out in September.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Japan demolish Mongolia 14-0; Saudi Arabia beat Palestine

Yuya Osako (R) scored three out of 14 objectives. AP

Tokyo: Japan stayed good in World Cup qualifying by routing Mongolia 14-0 on Tuesday, their fifth win of the second stage coming 16 months after the fourth.

The Japanese scored 5 objectives within the first half, added 9 extra within the second and now lead Group F with 15 factors. A victory over Myanmar on June 3 will safe first place within the group and a spot within the third spherical of Asian qualifying.

The eight group winners and 4 finest 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 objectives every. Takuma Asano additionally scored.

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu mentioned an enormous successful margin in opposition to Mongolia wasn’t the precedence.

“Slightly than specializing in their opponents, our gamers focused on what they needed to attain for themselves,” Moriysasu mentioned in feedback reported by the Kyodo information company. “I used to be capable of attempt some totally different formations and broaden our choices.”

The Japanese warmed up with a 3-0 win final week in a pleasant in opposition to South Korea, organized after their scheduled match in opposition to Myanmar was postponed.

Tuesday’s recreation 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 3-0 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 5-0 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 present the hosts the lead in Riyadh. Two objectives from Saleh Al-Shehri early within the second and a late penalty from Salem Al-Dawsari accomplished the rout.

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