Qatar lose to Japan in AFC Beach Soccer championship

Kuala Terengganu: Two-time winners Japan began their 2017

AFC Beach Soccer Championship campaign with a bang as they

beat Qatar 14-0 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia on Monday.

Takaaki Oba scored Japan’s first goal with a smart right-foot shot

that caught keeper Amro Shana’ unawares, before Brazilian-born

captain Ozu Moreira fired home to double his side’s advantage.

Ozu then converted a penalty following a handball in the area to

extend Japan’s lead and bring the first period to an end with a comfortable

lead for Mendes Marcelo’s side.

Hotshot Ozu again showed his prowess from distance with his third

after the restart, before Takasuke Goto rattled in a free-kick shortly

after and Takuya Akaguma scored to make it six for Japan.

A second penalty was expertly put away by Akaguma ahead of further

strikes from Jun Sakata and Goto.

Akaguma wemnt on to bag a third goal courtesy of yet another penalty,

before Ozu claimed his fourth from close range and Sakata scored his


A Tomoyuki brace rounded off the scoring as Japan went top of Group C

above the UAE wherebeat Iraq 6-0.

The top three finishers at the AFC Beach Soccer Championship will represent

Asia at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which is scheduled to be

held in in Nassau, Bahamas from April 27 to May 7.

FIFA Ranking Who's at the Top

97 India
98 Qatar
99 Palestine