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Osako hits five as rampant Japan advance 

Yuya Osako of Japan celebrates scoring

  • Japan beat Myanmar 10-0 to reach the third round of AFC World Cup qualifiers
  • Yuya Osako grabbed the headlines with a five-goal haul
  • Hajime Moriyasu’s side have scored 37 goals without reply in Group F

Japan have cruised through to the third round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ after a resounding 10-0 win over an under-strength Myanmar side in Chiba.

Yuya Osako scored five and Takumi Minamino bagged a brace as the Samurai Blue – 14-0 winners against Mongolia in their last World Cup qualifier – delivered another ruthless, double-figures demolition job.

Hidemasa Morita, Daichi Kamada and Ko Itakura were also on target in a victory that further cemented Japan’s position at the summit of Group F, a section in which they have won all six matches by an aggregate score of 37-0.


2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Japan vs Myanmar 

Takumi Minamino of Japan celebrates scoring

Yuya Osako of Japan celebrates scoring his side’s fourth and hat trick goal with his team mate Takumi Minamino

Hidemasa Morita of Japan controls the ball under pressure of Maung Maung Win of Myanmar

Yuya Osako of Japan celebrates scoring his side’s third goal

Mg Mg Lwin of Myanmar controls the ball under pressure of Hiroki Sakai and Wataru Endo of Japan

David Htan of Myanmar controls the ball under pressure of Takumi Minamino of Japan

Japan v Myanmar – FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier 2nd Round

Yuya Osako of Japan celebrates scoring

Takumi Minamino of Japan runs with the ball to score his side’s first goal

Takumi Minamino of Japan celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with his team mate Ko Itakura

Daichi Kamada of Japan controls the ball under pressure of Maung Maung Win of Myanmar

Maya Yoshida of Japan controls the ball under pressure of Win Naing Tun of Myanmar

Japan v Myanmar – FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier 2nd Round

Lar Din Maw Yar of Myanmar is challenged by Wataru Endo of Japan

Lar Din Maw Yar of Myanmar and Wataru Endo of Japan compete for the ball

Hajime Moriyasu had named an entirely European-based squad for the match, with domestic players unavailable, and five-goal Osako was just one of the players who grabbed the opportunity to impress.

Japan have now won nine of their last ten internationals and will head into their next fixture with Tajikistan on 7 June relaxed, confident and already looking ahead to the challenges that the third round will pose.

Myanmar, meanwhile, remain four points adrift of Tajikistan in fourth place, and will face Kyrgyz Republic – one point ahead of them in third – on 11 June.

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