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Japan 3-1 Indonesia: Samurai Blue face potential Asian Cup last-16 clash with South Korea

Japan qualified for the Asian Cup last-16 round as Group D runner-up after beating Indonesia on Wednesday.

Japan beat Indonesia 3-1 in their final Asian Cup Group D game at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Wednesday. Hajime Moriyasu’s side finished in second place with six points in Group D after Iraq qualified with nine points by beating Vietnam. Japan will now face the winners of Group E, which could potentially be South Korea.

Iraq secured a 3-2 win over Vietnam thanks to a 102nd-minute winner. Iraq’s Aymen Hussein is the Asian Cup’s top goalscorer after scoring his fourth and fifth goals against Vietnam. With the four best-performing third-placed teams also advancing, Indonesia has a chance to qualify with three points.

Japan took the lead in the 6th minute after Ueda was fouled in the box. Ayase Ueda stepped up and scored from the penalty spot. Ueda scored his second goal in the 52nd minute to double Japan’s lead. Ritsu Doan put in a pass across the six-yard box that found Ueda unmarked at the far post for an easy tap-in.

Justin Hubner scored an own goal for Indonesia after he attempted to block Man of the match Ayase Ueda’s shot in the 87th minute.

Indonesia scored a consolation goal in the 91st minute. Japan players failed to clear a long throw-in and the ball fell to Sandy Walsh at the far post, and he scored his first international goal.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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