Team JB Staff writers
【Al Ain, UAE】
Japan ‘s Osako Yuya scored twice, in the 56th minute, then again just 11 minutes later on a penalty kick, while Haraguchi Genki added the final blow in the 91st minute to win the “de-facto final match” of the tournament against Iran, at the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
Now, Samurai Blue’s manager Moriyasu Hajime needs just one more win to make history, to become the first Japanese to lead its national squad to winning the prestigious Asian cup. The past four titles Nippon won (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011) were all led by foreign managers, including Zico the legend.
Yujiro Samurai Taniyama, Japan Broadcasting . net Editor in Chief
Sushi power has done it once again.
The fate of “FIFA-AFC Asian Cup 2019” now rests in the hands of Japan, Iran, Qatar and the hosts UAE. Defending champions Australia and Asian powerhouse South Korea were struck by an unfathomable tragedy last night, when they were ousted by lower-ranked foes.
Next, in the semi-finals, the Samurai Blue will fight Iran, while Qatar encounters the mighty United Arab Emirates. And for the benefit of the reader that is not a huge soccer fan, let me underscore that the Asian Cup is a crucial football event that is held every four years, to decide the No.1 in the biggest continent in the world – Asia.