Japan thrash Oman; face India in 2nd semis of Asian Champions Trophy on Sat

Muscat, Oct 26 (IESPorts) Asian Games gold medallists Japan scored a 5-0 victory over hosts Oman in the Asian Champions Trophy at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex here on Thursday.

Japan, who will play defending champions India in the second semi-finals on Saturday were kept at bay by the Oman defence until the 14th minute before Koji Yamasaki opened the scoring.

The Japanese showcased their dribbles and passing, but the next goal only came in the 33rd minute through Wataru Matsumoto. Five minutes later, Kazumasa Matsumoto shot on target to make it 3-0.

The last two goals came within the space of one minute. In the 45th minute, Hiromasa Ochiai first scored in open play and then Hirotaka Zendana converted a penalty corner.

Japan finished their five round-robin league matches with seven points, while Oman lost all their league matches in the six-nation competition.

In the first semi-final Pakistan will take on Malaysia.Oman will play Korea in a play-off for the fifth and sixth positions on Saturday.

Via UNI-India
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