With Morita as a starter, Japan thrashes in their march towards the 2026 World Cup

Against the Myanmar national team, the Sporting midfielder played until the 80th minute, when he was substituted.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 05:00, 6 Jun 2024

Japan thrashed the Myanmar national team 0-5 away on Thursday in a match corresponding to the fifth round of Group B in the first stage of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

Hidemasa Morita, a midfielder who was a champion with Sporting, started for the Japanese team and played until the 80th minute, when he was substituted by Ko Itakura. Yuki Soma, a winger who has been on loan from Nagoya Grampus to Casa Pia since the beginning of 2023, came on in the 62nd minute and still managed to provide an assist. Regarding the goals in the match, Keito Nakamura and Koki Ogawa both scored twice, with Ritsu Doan also finding the net.

Due to this victory, Japan secured the top spot in the group with a perfect record: five wins in five games (15 points), 19 goals scored and none conceded. This dominant performance highlights Japan's strength and determination as they advance through the qualifiers. The team has shown remarkable consistency and defensive solidity, not allowing a single goal against them so far.

The upcoming match against Syria on Tuesday, the 11th, will be another opportunity for Japan to showcase their prowess and continue their unbeaten streak. Under the leadership of Hajime Moriyasu, the Japanese squad has demonstrated excellent teamwork, tactical discipline, and individual brilliance, making them a formidable contender in the Asian qualifiers.

With players like Morita and Soma contributing significantly, the Japanese team looks well-prepared to face any challenges ahead. The blend of experienced players and emerging talents has created a balanced and dynamic squad capable of competing at the highest level. Fans and analysts alike will be keenly watching Japan's progress as they aim to secure their place in the 2026 World Cup.

This emphatic win against Myanmar not only boosts the team's confidence but also sets a high standard for their upcoming matches. Japan's impressive goal-scoring ability, combined with their impregnable defense, sends a strong message to their opponents. As the qualifiers progress, Japan will look to maintain their momentum and continue their journey towards the World Cup with the same level of excellence and determination.

Updated: 05:00, 6 Jun 2024