Arab Times

Japan ‘extend’ perfect record


SEOUL, South Korea, June 15, (AP): A hat trick in six minutes by Ado Onaiwu highlighte­d Japan’s 5-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan in Asian qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday.

Group F winners Japan completed a perfect record of eight wins out of eight in the second round. The third round starts in September.

In his first internatio­nal start, Onaiwu put Japan ahead in Osaka from the penalty spot after 27 minutes and quickly added two more.

Kyrgyzstan pulled a goal back just before the break thanks to a Mirlan Murzaev penalty, just the second Japan conceded in the group.

Sho Sasaki restored Japan’s three-goal cushion with 18 minutes remaining and Takuma Asano added a fifth five minutes later to take Japan’s total to 46 in the second round.

Elsewhere, in Osaka, Tajikistan defeated Myanmar 4-0 to take second place in the group behind Japan and keep alive their hopes of moving to the third round as the one of the four best-performing runnersup.

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