Tashkent: Head coach Go Oiwa admitted Japan were a little nervous in the first half, but was satisfied with how his team adapted to tactical changes to clinch a 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates in their opening AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group D match on Friday.
UAE had the brighter start at the Pakhtakor Stadium, but Japan gradually took a hold on the match to open the scoring through Yuito Suzuki in the 61st minute, with Yaser Alblooshi equalising two minutes later.
The West Asians then missed an opportunity to turn the tide from a penalty kick, with Mao Hosoya then heading home the winner in the 76th minute. .....
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