CHIBA (Japan): Japan thrashed Mongolia 14-0 on Tuesday to record their largest-ever win in World Cup qualifying. Japan, who need to qualify for his or her seventh World Cup in a row, had not performed a qualifier since November 2019 as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Blue Samurai confirmed no indicators of rustiness as Southampton ahead Takumi Minamino gave them the lead in the thirteenth minute, earlier than 4 extra objectives earlier than half-time put them in full management.
Nine extra after the break gave Japan an ideal record of 5 wins from 5 — with 26 objectives scored and none conceded — though they’ve but to formally clinch their place in the following spherical.
The sport was performed behind closed doorways in Japan regardless of Mongolia being the house crew, because of virus restrictions.
Minamino began the rout when he rifled a shot previous the Mongolian goalkeeper, earlier than Yuya Osako and Daichi Kamada put Japan three up after lower than half-hour.
Another from Hidemasa Morita and an personal aim from Mongolia’s Khash-Erdene Tuya put Japan on straightforward avenue at half-time, and Osako made it six 10 minutes after the restart.
Substitute Sho Inagaki then scored on his debut, earlier than two from Junya Ito and one from Kyogo Furuhashi despatched Japan into double figures.
Furuhashi notched an eleventh to set a brand new record for Japan in World Cup qualifying, earlier than Takuma Asano, Osako and Inagaki added three extra earlier than the whistle.