Tashkent: Japan finished third in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022, and despite it not being the ending head coach Go Oiwa had targeted, the tactician was optimistic his players had learnt valuable lessons.
The young Samurai Blue were back at their best in the third-place playoff match against Australia, with Kein Sato opening the scoring as early as the seventh minute, before a Kai Trewin own goal doubled their lead in the 39th minute, with Shota Fujio then sealing the win with his second half strike at the Pakhtakor Stadium on Saturday.
While Oiwa made no attempt to hide his disappointment that Japan had lost the opportunity to win the title following their semi-final defeat to Uzbekistan, he praised his team for the courage and belief they showed to end their campaign in third place. .....
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