On Tuesday 15 June, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) faced the Kyrgyz Republic National Team in their final group match of the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Asian qualifiers. In the match played at Panasonic Stadium Suita (Osaka), Japan scored five goals, including the hat-trick of ONAIWU Ado (Yokohama F.Marinos), to finish off the second round with a perfect 8-0 record.
With the team already qualified for the final round, coach MORIYASU Hajime rotated his entire starting line-up, except for MORITA Hidemasa (CD Santa Clara), since their match against Serbia on 11 June.
Onaiwu was given his first start for the SAMURAI BLUE, as he was named as the lone striker. SAKAMOTO Tatsuhiro (Cerezo Osaka) also got his first start, as he was positioned as an attacking midfielder along with HARAGUCHI Genki (1. FC Union Berlin) and ASANO Takuma (FA). The defensive end looked similar to how they lined-up against Tajikistan on the 7 June, with the exceptions of OGAWA Ryoya (FC Tokyo) starting in left full back and KAWASHIMA Eiji (RC Strasbourg) starting in goal. .....
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