Japan has Monday qualified for the final of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The ‘Samurai Blue’ knocked out in the semi-finals in Al Ain, Iran with 3-0.
Osako (56’ and 67’) brightened in the second period with two goals, the last on a penalty kick, the job. Iran put everything on the line to the double disadvantage to undo it, but seemed to not by the Japanese defenses. In the extra time, explained Haraguchi (90.+1) the 3-0 final score.
Takehiro Tomiyasu and Wataru Endo, both at STVV, started in the winning camp in the base. When Iran made a Morteza Pouraliganji (Eupen) and Ramin Rezaeian (ex-Oostende) the party is full.
In the other semi-final, which is Tuesday in Abu Dhabi on the schedule, watch, Qatar and the UAE to each other in the eyes. The final follows on Friday. Japan won the tournament four times (in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011).