Vietnam 0-1 Japan

Ritsu Doan-Japan-Goal

Dubai: Japan advanced to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals after defeating Vietnam 1-0 in an absorbing last eight tie that saw the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) twice being called into action.

Introduced from the quarter-final stage, VAR first denied and then benefited Japan as the Samurai Blue stayed on track for a record-extending fifth AFC Asian Cup title.

VAR was first called into play in the 24th minute when Maya Yoshida’s goal was ruled out for a handball and again in the 56th minute when Vietnam’s Bùi Tien Dung was ultimately judged to have brought down Ritsu Doan.

Doan converted the spot-kick and Japan will face the winners of Tuesday’s later last eight tie between Islamic Republic of Iran and China PR in Monday’s semi-final.

Japan, having opted for a defensive approach in their Round of 16 tie against Saudi Arabia, were back at their attacking best from the start as they pressed high to keep Vietnam in their half.

The lion’s share of possession, however, didn’t translate into clear openings for Hajime Moriyasu’s side as a disciplined Vietnamese backline kept the Samurai Blue at bay.

 

Koya Kitagawa’s pass in the 23rd minute gave Genki Haraguchi a sight at goal but before he could unleash a strike, Vietnam defender Do Duy Manh slid in to send the ball out of play.

The resultant corner saw Haraguchi send in a curler that found a surging captain Yoshida, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

 

However, the Video Assistant Referee was called into action for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup and much to Vietnam’s relief, referee Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed of UAE disallowed the goal as Yoshida’s header had deflected off his arm.

A buoyant Vietnam then took the game to Japan, with Nguyen Công Phuong ending a surging run by just sending the ball wide.

With Vietnam in the ascendancy, the Japanese defence came under pressure and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda was forced into making his first save of the game as Phan Van Duc came close in the 37th minute strike, before being called into action again a minute later to deny another close-range attempt from the Song Lam Nghe An midfielder.

Dang Van Lâm ensured his side went into the break level with a superb save after Ritsu Doan found Takumi Minamino inside the box, only to see the Vietnam goalkeeper stretch out a hand to send the ball out of play.

 

Japan kept their foot on the pedal in the second half and their slick passing and penetrative runs had Vietnam defending desperately.

One such move saw the surging Doan’s run blocked by Bui and referee Mohammed, after referring to the VAR, awarded a penalty which the Japanese midfielder converted in the 57th minute.

 

Having taken the lead, Japan kept a stranglehold on possession as Vietnam hardly got a touch of the ball.

One rare Vietnam foray upfront saw substitute Nguyen Phong Hong Duy coming close in the 73rd minute as his low drive missed the upright by mere inches.

That was to be it for the Southeast Asians as their fairytale run came to an end while for Japan, a fifth AFC Asian Cup title remains in sight.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

Japan 3-2 Turkmenistan

Yuya Osako-Goal-Japan

Abu Dhabi: Japan were forced to come from behind and survive a late Turkmenistan rally before sealing a 3-2 win over their Central Asian opponents to begin their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Group F campaign with a vital, albeit narrow, victory on Wednesday.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Yuya Osaka’s brace and a goal from Ritsu Doan proved the difference in a game which had seen four-time champions Japan trailing at half-time before a spirited revival ensured all three points for Hajime Moriyasu’s charges.

The result takes Japan to the top of Group F ahead of the day’s later game between group rivals Uzbekistan and Oman in Sharjah.

In hot conditions at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium, Japan started brightly although resolute Turkmenistan defending forced the Samurai Blue to wait until the 12th minute for their first genuine opportunity, Doan failing to beat Mamed Orazmuhamedov with a close-range header following a pinpoint Takehiro Tomiyasu pass.

Turkmenistan responded well however, as Vahyt Orazsakhedov forced the onrushing Shuichi Gonda into a fine smothering save, and Mekan Saparov inexplicably headed over from the resulting corner.

Having gained a foothold in the game, Turkmenistan continued to press, and, somewhat against the run of play, they took the lead on 27 minutes when captain Arslanmurat Amanov unleashed a powerful long-range effort which flew into the net giving Gonda little or no chance.

A lively Osako then saw a lashed effort fizz narrowly wide, before Orazmuhamedov denied Tomiyasu with a fingertip save.

As half-time approached, a clearly emboldened Turkmenistan came close to doubling their advantage, this time Ahmet Atayev stinging an alert Gonda’s palms with a rasping angled drive.

Little seemed to have changed immediately after the break, as Japan huffed and puffed but failed to break through a determined Turkmenistan defence in which Ylyasov Vezirgeldi was excelling.

A flicked Genki Haraguchi header which sailed inches wide of the target, did, however, hint that a Japanese equaliser was in the offing, and it duly came in the 56th minute, Osako turning neatly in the area and firing home with aplomb.

Four minutes later Japan took the lead when Mekan Saparov’s blunder allowed Yuto Nagatomo to find Werder Bremen ace Osaka who easily converted to bag his second of the match.

With Turkmenistan tiring, two became three for Japan shortly after, Takumi Minamino finding Doan who spun away from his marker and fired into the bottom corner beyond Orazmuhamedov’s despairing dive.

To their credit, Turkmenistan refused to buckle and they handed themselves a potential lifeline on 79 minutes when Atayev converted from the spot after Gonda had upended substitute Altymyrat Annadurdyyev in the area.

It was not be though for Yazguly Hojageldiyev’s side, as Japan held firm to edge themselves over the winning line and leave Turkmenistan to reflect on what could have been.

Japan, who have only failed to progress from the group stage once since making their AFC Asian Cup debut in 1988, are now scheduled to play Oman in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with Turkmenistan playing Uzbekistan in Dubai on the same day.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

#AFCAsianCup2019 Vietnam 0-1 Japan

Ritsu Doan-Japan-Goal

Dubai: Japan advanced to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals after defeating Vietnam 1-0 in an absorbing last eight tie that saw the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) twice being called into action.

Introduced from the quarter-final stage, VAR first denied and then benefited Japan as the Samurai Blue stayed on track for a record-extending fifth AFC Asian Cup title.

VAR was first called into play in the 24th minute when Maya Yoshida’s goal was ruled out for a handball and again in the 56th minute when Vietnam’s Bùi Tien Dung was ultimately judged to have brought down Ritsu Doan.

Doan converted the spot-kick and Japan will face the winners of Tuesday’s later last eight tie between Islamic Republic of Iran and China PR in Monday’s semi-final.

Japan, having opted for a defensive approach in their Round of 16 tie against Saudi Arabia, were back at their attacking best from the start as they pressed high to keep Vietnam in their half.

The lion’s share of possession, however, didn’t translate into clear openings for Hajime Moriyasu’s side as a disciplined Vietnamese backline kept the Samurai Blue at bay.

 

Koya Kitagawa’s pass in the 23rd minute gave Genki Haraguchi a sight at goal but before he could unleash a strike, Vietnam defender Do Duy Manh slid in to send the ball out of play.

The resultant corner saw Haraguchi send in a curler that found a surging captain Yoshida, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

 

However, the Video Assistant Referee was called into action for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup and much to Vietnam’s relief, referee Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed of UAE disallowed the goal as Yoshida’s header had deflected off his arm.

A buoyant Vietnam then took the game to Japan, with Nguyen Công Phuong ending a surging run by just sending the ball wide.

With Vietnam in the ascendancy, the Japanese defence came under pressure and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda was forced into making his first save of the game as Phan Van Duc came close in the 37th minute strike, before being called into action again a minute later to deny another close-range attempt from the Song Lam Nghe An midfielder.

Dang Van Lâm ensured his side went into the break level with a superb save after Ritsu Doan found Takumi Minamino inside the box, only to see the Vietnam goalkeeper stretch out a hand to send the ball out of play.

 

Japan kept their foot on the pedal in the second half and their slick passing and penetrative runs had Vietnam defending desperately.

One such move saw the surging Doan’s run blocked by Bui and referee Mohammed, after referring to the VAR, awarded a penalty which the Japanese midfielder converted in the 57th minute.

 

Having taken the lead, Japan kept a stranglehold on possession as Vietnam hardly got a touch of the ball.

One rare Vietnam foray upfront saw substitute Nguyen Phong Hong Duy coming close in the 73rd minute as his low drive missed the upright by mere inches.

That was to be it for the Southeast Asians as their fairytale run came to an end while for Japan, a fifth AFC Asian Cup title remains in sight.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 Japan 3-2 Turkmenistan

Yuya Osako-Goal-Japan

Abu Dhabi: Japan were forced to come from behind and survive a late Turkmenistan rally before sealing a 3-2 win over their Central Asian opponents to begin their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Group F campaign with a vital, albeit narrow, victory on Wednesday.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Yuya Osaka’s brace and a goal from Ritsu Doan proved the difference in a game which had seen four-time champions Japan trailing at half-time before a spirited revival ensured all three points for Hajime Moriyasu’s charges.

The result takes Japan to the top of Group F ahead of the day’s later game between group rivals Uzbekistan and Oman in Sharjah.

In hot conditions at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium, Japan started brightly although resolute Turkmenistan defending forced the Samurai Blue to wait until the 12th minute for their first genuine opportunity, Doan failing to beat Mamed Orazmuhamedov with a close-range header following a pinpoint Takehiro Tomiyasu pass.

Turkmenistan responded well however, as Vahyt Orazsakhedov forced the onrushing Shuichi Gonda into a fine smothering save, and Mekan Saparov inexplicably headed over from the resulting corner.

Having gained a foothold in the game, Turkmenistan continued to press, and, somewhat against the run of play, they took the lead on 27 minutes when captain Arslanmurat Amanov unleashed a powerful long-range effort which flew into the net giving Gonda little or no chance.

A lively Osako then saw a lashed effort fizz narrowly wide, before Orazmuhamedov denied Tomiyasu with a fingertip save.

As half-time approached, a clearly emboldened Turkmenistan came close to doubling their advantage, this time Ahmet Atayev stinging an alert Gonda’s palms with a rasping angled drive.

Little seemed to have changed immediately after the break, as Japan huffed and puffed but failed to break through a determined Turkmenistan defence in which Ylyasov Vezirgeldi was excelling.

A flicked Genki Haraguchi header which sailed inches wide of the target, did, however, hint that a Japanese equaliser was in the offing, and it duly came in the 56th minute, Osako turning neatly in the area and firing home with aplomb.

Four minutes later Japan took the lead when Mekan Saparov’s blunder allowed Yuto Nagatomo to find Werder Bremen ace Osaka who easily converted to bag his second of the match.

With Turkmenistan tiring, two became three for Japan shortly after, Takumi Minamino finding Doan who spun away from his marker and fired into the bottom corner beyond Orazmuhamedov’s despairing dive.

To their credit, Turkmenistan refused to buckle and they handed themselves a potential lifeline on 79 minutes when Atayev converted from the spot after Gonda had upended substitute Altymyrat Annadurdyyev in the area.

It was not be though for Yazguly Hojageldiyev’s side, as Japan held firm to edge themselves over the winning line and leave Turkmenistan to reflect on what could have been.

Japan, who have only failed to progress from the group stage once since making their AFC Asian Cup debut in 1988, are now scheduled to play Oman in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with Turkmenistan playing Uzbekistan in Dubai on the same day.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website