Last night saw teams from around Asia participating in World Cup Qualification and Asian Cup Qualification matches. While there were positive results for the likes of Vietnam, Philippines or Australia, Thailand and Cambodia suffered heavy away defeats.
Japan 4-0 Thailand (World Cup Qualification – Third Round)
Japan eased to a 4-0 home win to end Thailand’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Vahid Halilhodic’s side controlled the match throughout and got the opening goal via Shinji Kagawa in the 8th minute. Forward Shinji Okazaki added a second 11 minutes later before Gent forward Yuya Kubo made it 3-0.
Centre defender Maya Yoshida completed the rout for the East Asian side with a close-range header in the 83rd minute.
The win lifts Japan to the top spot of Group B, while Thailand remain in the last place without a win.