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Japan beats Myanmar to kick off WCup qualification

Japan started on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by beating Myanmar 2-0 in Yangon yesterday.

A spectacular strike from outside the area by Shoya Nakajima after 16 minutes put Japan in control. Takumi Minamino ensured Japan led 2-0 by halftime. Japan reached the second round of the 2018 World Cup and is looking for a seventh successive finals appearance. It moved into second place in Group F of Asia qualifying, three points behind leader Tajikistan. The Central Asian team, yet to appear at a World Cup, recorded a second successive win, defeating Mongolia 1-0. Iran kicked off its attempt to reach the global stage for a fifth time with a 2-0 win in China’s Hong Kong, thanks to goals from Sardar Azmoun and Karim Ansarifard. Singapore went to the top of Group D after topping Palestine 2-1. Thailand smashed Indonesia 3-0 in Jakarta, while Ali Mabkhout scored a goal in each half as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat Malaysia 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur. Later Marcello Lippi’s China was playing Maldives, Australia was facing Kuwait and South Korea played Turkmenistan. Only the top team from the eight groups and the four best second-placed finishers progress to the next stage.


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