Japan 2-1 Victory upon Uzbekistan

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Tsukasa Shiotani’s sizzling winner kept Japan on top of their Asian Cup group on Thursday, while Oman scrambled into the knockouts in a pulsating finish to the tournament’s first stage.

A 2-1 triumph over Oman was followed by a 4-0 hammering of Turkmenistan to secure a safe passage to the knockout stages for Cuper’s side.

Japan themselves have six points from six, meaning the contest at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium will determine who finishes top of the group.

Winning the group would mean a clash with the runners-up of Group E, while finishing second means a daunting task against defending champions Australia.

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