Japan limp past Turkmenistan

The last East Asian side kicked off their Asian Cup campaign on Wednesday and that was Japan who joined East Asian sides China and South Korea on three points. As with China and South Korea before them, Japan's opener against Turkmenistan was proved to not be an easy one. 

Japan pick up the three points 

Japan might have picked up the three points in Group F on Wednesday but they most certainly did not do this in a convincing style. This was seen as despite running out 3-2 winners over Turkmenistan they had a few scares along the way.

The first scare happened on 26 minutes when Turkmenistan took the lead, this was also one of the best goals of the tournament as Amanow found the roof of the net from around 30 yards. Japan did, however, get their act together after this as they scored three without reply before Turkmenistan picked up a late consolation from the penalty spot.

Ōsako impresses 

This was not a vintage performance by any means from Japan but Yūya Ōsako did impress as be picked up two goals. The goals might have been fortunate with poor goalkeeping and defending contributing to Turkmenistan's downfall. However, Ōsako was in the right place to score twice for his country and help lead them to victory.

The youngster Ritsu Doan impressed as the 20-year-old found the net for Japan's third. This was to be the player's second goal in only six appearances for his country. It looks like it was a good move from Hajime Moriyasu to include the FC Groningen attacker in his side.

Oman is next

Next up on Sunday for Japan will be Oman and this is a match they should again be picking up three points in. They will be also hoping they can keep a clean sheet this time and make the match that bit easier for them. 

The Japan coach Moriyasu did not seem too worried about the performance as he said after the match on Wednesday "The first match is always a bit special and we expected a battle, obviously we're happy to get the three points but we have a lot of things to work on for the next game."

Meanwhile, in the other game in the group, Uzbekistan defeated Oman 2-1 thanks to goals from  Akhmedov and Shomurodov. 

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