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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 where beat 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.