Asian team Japan are now on an eight-match unbeaten run after thrashing Paraguay 4-1 at home in an international friendly clash on Thursday. Japan are going to the World Cup in Qatar, while Paraguay didn’t qualify for the tournament and it was not a surprise that the Asians had too much firepower for their South American visitors.
Japan took a two-nil lead into the break through the goals from VFL Bochum striker Takuma Asano and Europa League winner DaichiKamada. Asano gave the hosts the lead nine from the break before Kamada doubled the lead six minutes later an.d three minutes from the break.Derlis Gonzalez pulled one back for the Paraguayans on 59 minutes, but Japan restored their two-goal lead within one minute thanks to the goal from Kaoru Mitomi who plays his club football for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League and was on loan at SG Union in the Belgian league for the 2021/22 season. SubstituteAo Tanaka sealed the win for the home side five minutes from time.
Japan are yet to taste defeat since the 1-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Saudi Arabia in a World Cup 2022 qualifier from the Asian section. It was a Group B encounter from the third round of the Asian qualifiers ahead of Qatar 2022.
With the big win over Paraguay at the Sapporo Dome in thecity of Sapporo,hosts Japan are now without a defeat in their last eight games. However, the unbeaten run will face a stern test when they take on another South American team, Brazil at the National Stadium in Tokyo tomorrow. Japan will play hosts to the Brazilians who are also on a lengthy unbeaten run. Brazil thrashed home team South Korea 5-1 in their last game to take their unbeaten run to 12 games.