Japan just scrapes in against Oman
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.