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Brussels: AFC Asian Cup holders Japan claimed a notable European scalp on Tuesday when they came from a goal down to defeat fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Belgium 3-2 in an international friendly played in the Belgian capital.

Having rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with the Netherlands on Saturday the four-time Asian champions again found themselves playing catch-up after Romelu Lukaku rounded Japan keeper Eji Kawishima to give Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas the simplest of tap ins with 15 minutes at the King Baudouin Stadium played.

Yoichiro Kakitani headed Japan on level terms with eight minutes of the first-half left to play before Keisuke Honda turned the match in favour of the East Asians with a powerful drive eight minutes after the interval.

Shinji Okazaki added a third ten minutes later and while Toby Alderweireld reduced the deficit in the 79th minute Japan held out for an impressive win over a nation ranked number five in FIFA’s global list.

Photo: AFP

 

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ACL 2014: Top Goal Scorers

POS PHOTO PLAYER COUNTRY TOTAL GOALS
1 ASAMOAH GYAN AL AIN (UAE) 7
2 NASSIR ALSHAMRANI AL HILAL (KSA) 5
3 MEHDI SHARIFI FOOLAD MOBARAKEH SEPAHAN (IRN) 4
4 ABDELAZIZ BARRADA AL JAZIRA (UAE) 4
5 MUKHTAR FALLATAH AL ITTIHAD (KSA) 4

ACL: Match Reports

Match was 'like a cup final': Souayah
Wednesday April 16, 2014

Riyadh: Al Shabab coach Amar Souayah described his team’s match against Esteghlal as a ‘cup final’ after the Saudi club overcame the Iranian side 2-1 with a pair of late goals at the King Fahd International Stadium.

ACL: Match Previews

ACL MD5: Al Shabab vs Esteghlal Preview
Tuesday April 15, 2014

Riyadh: Home team Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia come into Wednesday night’s Group A fixture against Iran’s Esteghlal at the top of the group and riding high from their King’s Cup quarter-final win over fellow AFC Champions league side Al Hilal last Friday.

ACL: Team News

60 Minutes campaign takes centre stage
Thursday February 27, 2014

Kuala Lumpur: The AFC’s 60 Minutes ‘Don’t Delay! campaign took centre stage in the opening matches of the AFC Champions League 2014 group stage on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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