Yuya Osako scored five goals to lead Japan to a 10-0 win against Myanmar on Friday, securing their participation in the next round of Asia’s qualification tournament for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Japan’s victory ensures that they will not be knocked off the top of Group F and will be able to take one of the 12 available slots in the third round of the continent’s qualifying campaign.
On the field, Japan easily defeated Antoine Hey’s side, with Takumi Minamino scoring early before Osako went on a scoring rampage that handed Japan an easy win. In the 22nd minute, Osako scored after Minamino played overlapping veteran Yuto Nagatomo down the left, whose cross was headed home by Osako as Japan pinned the visitors in their half.
Right-handed defender On the half-hour mark, Hiroki Sakai won a penalty, which Osako converted before Nagatomo showed an excellent jump to nod down a Junya Ito cross from the right for Osako to stick home in the 36th minute.
Four minutes into the second half, Osako scored his fourth goal, and Minamino nutmegged a defender before scoring his second goal of the night. Kamada scored from Muroya’s cross to make it 8-0 before Minamino set up Osako’s fifth goal and one for Ko Itakura, both headers, Japan scored three goals in the closing six minutes.
The game was originally supposed to take place in March, but it was moved to Friday owing to civil instability in Myanmar. Around 50 Myanmar nationals living in Japan demonstrated outside the Chiba Prefecture stadium against the Myanmar military, which they allege has taken control of the Myanmar Football Federation.
According to the protest’s organizer, approximately ten players refused to play for the Myanmar national team in protest of the coup but were retaliated against.
“The current Myanmar national team was simply sent by the military, and we don’t regard them as our representatives,” said a 48-year-old Chiba resident who has lived in Japan for more than 20 years.
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