Tashkent: Japan overcame a steely United Arab Emirates to emerge 2-1 victors in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group D opener on Friday.
After a thrilling but goalless first half, Japan opened the scoring through Yuito Suzuki, with UAE equalising just two minutes later only for Mao Hasoyo to fire home the winner for the 2016 champions.
It was a cagey start at the Pakhtakor Stadium with both sides struggling to get a grip on the match, but it was the UAE who had the first clear chance from a corner kick, only for Abdallah Al Balushi to hit the rebound way over the crossbar in the eighth minute. .....
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