Japan keep rolling with 2-0 win over Tunisia

Japan keep rolling with 2-0 win over Tunisia

Japan put up another win on Tuesday, this time beating Tunisia, 2-0, for their sixth straight victory as the Samurai Blue continue speeding towards January’s Asian Cup.

The Samurai Blue were dominant straight from kick off and never let Tunisia into the match. The Eagles of Carthage qualified for the last two World Cups and are bound for this winter’s Africa Cup of Nations, having made the knockout stages in each of the last two tournaments, but they were no match for Japan in this contest.

It took until the 43rd minute for Japan to finally break through, but they did as Kawasaki Frontale product Reo Hatate slipped Kyogo Furuhashi in for the finish to put the Samurai Blue in front.

The match marked Furuhashi’s return to the stadium, where he starred for Vissel Kobe before moving to Europe. He was the primary danger man for the Samurai Blue in this contest and his goal was very much deserved after a terrific first half.

Junya Ito, who starred at Kashiwa Reysol early in his career, doubled Japan’s lead after the break when he came rushing in at the back post to smash home a low cross.

At no point did Tunisia really threaten Japan and, on another day, the Samurai Blue may have scored four or five. They were tremendous, keeping 60% of possession and notching 17 shots to just one for the visitors.

All in all, Japan looked exactly as excellent as they have for months. They have now won six in a row, defeating Tunisia, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Peru and El Salvador by a combined score of 24-5. With the Asian Cup right around the corner, Hajime Moriyasu’s men are in the perfect form to chase a record fifth continental championship.

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