The Japanese team ended the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia with a 5-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan on the afternoon of June 15.
In the final match of the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia, the Japanese team did not launch the strongest squad in the absence of Takumi Minamino. However, the attack of “Green Samurai” still showed the benefit with 5 goals.
Ado Onaiwu, on the day given the highest kick opportunity in attack, shined when he scored 3 goals in just 6 minutes. The remaining goals were scored by Sho Sasaki and Takuma Asano. Japan won 5-1, thereby winning all 8 matches in Group F, scoring 46 goals and conceding only 2 times. The Japanese team shows strength in Group F. Photo: JFA. The blue team soon overwhelmed after the opening whistle when holding the ball to 78%, launching 14 shots in the first half. However, the Kyrgyz defense played hard and kept the score a draw after the first half. The turning point of the match came in the 26th minute when the home team was awarded a penalty because Ayzar Akmatov blocked Ado Onaiwu’s close-range header with his hand. On the 11 m mark, Onaiwu fooled the keeper and scored the opening goal. Onaiwu doubled the lead for Japan in the 31st minute after a close-range ball from Hayao Kawabe’s pass. In the 33rd minute, the 25-year-old striker completed a hat-trick with a dangerous header. In the last minutes of the first half, Mirlan Murzaev brought the goal to shorten the score for Kyrgyzstan when he successfully completed a penalty of 11 meters. In the second half, the home team continued to dominate when holding the ball to 71%. In the 68th minute, Sho Sasaki was given the opportunity to replace Onaiwu. He immediately made an impression with a goal in the 72nd minute. In the 77th minute, Takuma Asano filled the scoreboard with a kick into the narrow corner of the goal. The Japanese team won the final with a score of 5-1. In the match at the same time, Tajikistan overcame Myanmar with a score of 4-0 to take the second place in Group F with 13 points. Highlights Japan 4-1 Tajikistan: Minamino scores Takumi Minamino scored in Japan’s 4-1 victory over Tajikistan in Group F of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia on the evening of June 7.