The SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) faced the Mongolia National Team on Thursday 10 October at Saitama Stadium 2002, where they took the group lead at the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar Asian qualifiers with a 6-0 victory.
The home side showcased complete dominance over Mongolia, as they registered four goals in the first half including the opener scored by MINAMINO Takumi (FC Red Bull Salzburg) and NAGATOMO Yuto’s (Galatasaray S.K.) first goal scored for the national team in 10 years.
Following their match against Myanmar in September, Japan made three changes to their line-up, as NAGAI Kensuke (F.C. Tokyo) was named as the lone striker, while ITO Junya (KRC Genk) and ENDO Wataru (VfB Stuttgart) were positioned in the midfield. For Endo, this was his first start since January’s AFC Asian Cup, while Ito and Nagai made their return to the starting line-up since the match against El Salvador this June......
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