Muscat: Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu warned his team not to become complacent after the Samurai Blue handed Oman a 1-0 defeat at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium on Tuesday that moved the six-time FIFA World Cup finalists into the automatic qualification berths for Qatar 2022.
The win came courtesy of a late Junya Ito goal and was Japan’s third in a row in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar 2022. Coupled with Australia’s 1-1 draw with China PR in Sharjah, the result sees Moriyasu’s team move into the second place in Group B behind leaders Saudi Arabia with four games remaining.
The first two finishers in the continent’s two preliminary groups will progress to next year’s Finals while the third-placed team will advance into a series of playoffs for a possible fifth Asian berth at the FIFA World Cup. .....
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