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Japan power past Mexico


Sunday, May 26, 2019
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Gdynia: Japan registered a comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Mexico in Group B of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland at the Gydnia Stadium on Sunday.


The Samurai Blue sealed their first win of the tournament, coming after they had fought back to hold Ecuador 1-1 in their opening match on Thursday.



With Italy beating Ecuador 1-0 in the group's second match of the day, Japan's chances of reaching the knockout stage are bright.

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Japan pressed Mexico from the kick-off, frustrating playmaker Diego Lainez and goalscorer Jose Macias.



At the other end of the field they were measured with their passing, probing for a way through that would come via Taisei Miyashiro in the 21st minute.



Miyashiro burst through the penalty area to latch onto a flicked header and fire a right-footed shot off the far post and in.

🇯🇵 @jfa_samuraiblue produce their biggest win at a #U20WC since 20 June 1997, when they beat Costa Rica 6-2 in the group stage at Malaysia 1997. pic.twitter.com/cIjELxRisQ

— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) May 26, 2019

Kyosuke Tagawa added to Japan's advantage in the 52nd minute, rising to redirect a corner kick past Mexico goalkeeper Carlos Higuera.



The Japanese put a bow on their performance with a brilliant team move in the 77th minute, initiated by a goal-kick and capped off by Miyashiro completing his brace.



Next up for Japan are Italy on Wednesday while Mexico - without a point after two matches - will face Ecuador.

Qatar, who lost 4-0 to a highly impressive Nigeria in Group D on Friday, will be aiming to keep their campaign alive against Ukraine on Monday, with the Europeans having edged the USA 2-1 in their opening match.



Reigning AFC U-19 champions Saudi Arabia, who lost 2-0 to France on Saturday, will face Mali in Group E on Tuesday, while Korea Republic - edged 1-0 by Portugal in Group F - play South Africa.



Sources: FIFA.com, FIFA via Getty Images