Japan futsal national team back to grabbed 3 points after beating Korea Republic national team with a score of 6-0 in the AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022 group stage group D at Saad Al-Abdullah hall, Kuwait City.
Japan, however, began creating chances as they settled into the match, with Atsuya Uemura shooting just wide, before Shimizu Kazuya’s strike to the top right bounced off the bar in the fourth minute.
Arthur Oliveira showed Japan’s lethalness in set-pieces, with the Brazilian-born striker unleashing an unstoppable volley that powered through goalkeeper Seo Jung-woo’s arms to break the deadlock in the sixth minute.
Japan were two goals up a minute later, with Olivera dispossessing Kim Yun-young before unleashing yet another crackling strike.
After their opening day defeat, another loss would mean elimination for Korea Republic and head coach Lee Sang-jin initiated power play just nine minutes into the match.
Japan’s disciplined defending, however, gave no openings for Korea Republic to exploit but instead, the three-time champions further widened their lead in the 18th minute with Soma Mizutani driving Tomoki Yoshikawa’s corner-kick into the back of the net.
Japan maintained their aggressive approach in the second half with Korea Republic keeper Seo needing to pull save after save to keep his side in the contest.
Japan, however, were relentless and Kentaro Ishida scored their fourth with a lob over Seo in the 28th minute, before smashing home his second a minute later, courtesy of Mizutani’s pull back.
Left with no choice, Korea Republic initiated power play but a misstep by Yoo Seung-mu in the 36th minute saw Yoshikawa convert the loose ball for Japan’s sixth goal.
Japan will take on Vietnam next while Korea Republic will look for their first win in their final group tie against Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
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