Japan win 14-0 in World Cup qualifying

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Japan recorded the second-biggest win in its history, thrashing Mongolia 14-0 in a World Cup 2022 qualifier on Tuesday night.

Yuya Osako scored a hat trick, while Southampton’s on-loan playmaker Takumi Minamino was also among the scorers as Hajime Moriyasu’s side made short work of the Mongolian minnows.

It is Japan’s second-biggest win, only behind a 15-0 win over the Philippines in 1967.

The win means Japan will advance to the next phase of Asia’s qualifying tournament for the World Cup if they defeat Myanmar when the teams meet on 3 June.

Japan’s other scorers included Daichi Kamada, Hidemasa Morita, Takuma Asano, an own goal by Khash Erdene Tuyaa and braces from Sho Inagaki, Junya Ito and Kyogo Furuhashi.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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