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Japan send warning to rivals with big win over Jamaica


Nagasaki: Japan flexed their muscles ahead of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 with a 9-0 win over Jamaica in a friendly at the Transcosmos Stadium in Nagasaki on Saturday.

Japan were on the front foot from the first blow of the referee's whistle and their early pressure saw Yuta Nakayama putting the 2016 AFC U23 Championship winners side ahead in the fifth minute.

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Japan, also preparing to impress in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, continued pressing and scored three goals in four minutes to blow Jamaica's challenge away, with Reo Hatate (16th, 19th) and Maeta Daizen (19th) giving them a comfortable lead.

Abe Hiroki scored their fifth in the 28th minute but Japan didn't let up in the second half as Shunki Higashi (51st), Kazunari Ichimi (82nd), Kaoru Mitoma (88th) and Yuto Iwasaki (90+5) completed a resounding win.

Japan open their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Group B campaign against Saudi Arabia on January 9. They meet Syria three days later and Qatar on January 15.

Photo: Japan Football Association

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