Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Blue Samurai blew off Bahrain in the second round knockout tie on Wednesday afternoon.

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Japan zoomed into the quarter finals of the ongoing Asian Cup with a well deserved 3-1 win over Bahrain.

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The beaten finalists from the last edition left no chances as they blew apart their opponents.

Ritsu Doan, Takefusa Kubo and Ayase Ueda all scored to make Zion Suzuki’s own goal somewhat inconsequential.

The four time champions are aiming to go a step further than they managed in 2019 when they lost to Qatar in the final.

Hajime Moriyasu’a side remain on course for a fifth title in the continental tournament.


Japan now await the winner of the  last second round game between Iran and Syria to determine who they play in the last eight.

Iran are one of the strongest Asian teams and could possibly set up a blockbuster encounter against Japan should they go past Syria.

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Syria could be playing in the second round but the less fancied side have scored just once in this tournament but are quite solid defensively with just one goal allowed all tournament.

Their only victory in the group stage came against fumbling India while a goalless draw against Uzbekistan ensured they’re at this stage.

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