Yoshida’s Japan reach Asian Cup final

By SFC Media time Mon 28 Jan International
Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images | Maya Yoshida

Saints’ Maya Yoshida reached the Asian Cup 2019 final on Monday afternoon courtesy of a comprehensive 3-0 win for his Japan side over Iran in Al-Ain.

Yuya Osako’s brace – the striker’s third and fourth goals of the tournament – laid the foundations for Japan who will face either Qatar or hosts United Arab Emirates on Friday 1 February.

The Samurai Blue burst into life in the second half having laboured to get going before in the interval with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand not facing a single shot on goal.

Osako’s header changed that on 56 minutes before the forward doubled up from the penalty spot following a VAR review for handball, breaking Iranian hearts and their run of four consecutive clean sheets in their run to the semi-finals.

Genki Haraguchi’s strike in stoppage time sent the Japanese through at the expense of their most dangerous rivals in style.

Related

On This Day: Moran's iconic late winner
chevron right
Denmark narrowly edged out
International

Denmark narrowly edged out

Jannik Vestergaard's Denmark beaten by Belgium as Kevin de Bruyne shines.

timeThu 17 Jun
Saints at the Euros: Jan Bednarek Ward-Prowse shines for England Video: Livramento impressed by Hasenhüttl video06:39
video
First team

Video: Livramento impressed by Hasenhüttl

Youngster excited to work with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl following Chelsea switch.

Livramento: It was a no-brainer Saints complete Livramento deal