Ja­pan just scrapes in against Oman

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

GENKI Haraguchi smashed home a con­tro­ver­sial penalty as for­mer cham­pi­ons Ja­pan scraped a 1-0 win over Oman to book their place in the last 16 of the Asian Cup on Sun­day.

Ear­lier, Al­moez Ali plun­dered four goals for Qatar against North Ko­rea to progress from Group E.

Ja­pan en­joyed their share of good for­tune against Oman in Abu Dhabi. Haraguchi clipped the cross­bar af­ter just two min- utes be­fore Takumi Mi­namino fluffed a hand­ful of op­por­tu­ni­ties. That al­most came back to haunt the Blue Samu­rai as Oman flooded for­ward and Muh­sen Al-ghas­sani shaved the post from an acute an­gle.

But Haraguchi set­tled Ja­pan’s nerves in the 28th minute, con­vert­ing from the spot af­ter he had ap­peared to go down eas­ily un­der min­i­mal con­tact from Oman cap­tain Ahmed Al-ma­hai­jri.

Genki Haraguchi, cen­tre, cel­e­brates his goal.

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