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2019 AFC Asian Cup

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Japan dismantle Iran

Japan are now on track to secure a record-extending fifth AFC Asian Cup trophy after defeating Iran 3-0 in the semi-finals.

Yuya Osako scored twice (56′, 67′) and Genki Haraguchi landed the finishing blow in stoppage time (91′) against an Iran side that have been largely impressive throughout the tournament, to set up a final date with either the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Qatar.

Following the comprehensive victory, Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu, said, “Iran have had great results in the past and we knew they were going to be a very tough opponent, but the players had prepared well and they showed great fighting spirit.

“They didn’t forget to have the mindset of challengers and that gave us the win. I am happy the players could show the spirit to fight and to deliver a good result.”

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