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Japan thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Asian Cup

01-18-2011 16:09 BJT

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Coming into Monday's Group B fixture at Doha's al-Rayyan Stadium, Japan were all but through to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.

As for Saudi Arabia - they had endured a nightmare in Qatar - and their misery was to continue.

Saudi Arabia, winless at the tournament...would not see a reversal of fortune as they lined up against Japan.

Just over two thousand spectators turned up to see the blue samurais' run wild over the Saudi's.

Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring in the eighth minute.

Just 5 minutes later, Okazaki took full advantage of the Saudis' defensive lapses, meeting the cross, Okazaki heads in to made 2-0.

The Japan side would extend the lead to three in the 19th minute, after Ryoichi Maeda scored.

Just after the break, the embarrassment continued for the Saudi side...after cross from the right by Masahiko Inoha, Maeda heads in to made it 4-nil in the 51st minute.

In the 80th minute, Okazaki completed both his hat-trick and the 5-nil scoreline. Japan march on to the quarter-finals.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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