Japan thrashed Mongolia 14-0 on Tuesday to move closer to the third round of Asia’s qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
The win means the Japanese will advance to the next phase of Asia’s qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup if they defeat Myanmar when the teams meet in Japan on June 3.
Minamino put Japan ahead after 13 minutes before Osako claimed his first 10 minutes later, slotting home after neatly turning the Mongolian defence.
Daichi Kamada made it 3-0 in the 26th minute when he steered in Junya Ito’s cross, and Hidemasa Morita scored the fourth seven minutes later.
An own goal from Khash Erdene Tuyaa five minutes before the break capped a challenging first half for the Mongolians, and there was no letup in the second period.
Osako scored his second 10 minutes after the restart with another composed finish, and substitute Sho Inagaki hit Japan’s seventh with 22 minutes remaining.
Junya Ito, Furuhashi and Ito all scored before a flurry of late goals to end the rout.
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