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Asian Cup 2019: Japan vs Oman- 3 Reasons Why the Blue Samurais Defeated Al-Ahmar

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507   //    13 Jan 2019, 23:19 IST

#2 Japan slowing down the pace of the game in the second half

Japan didn't show any attacking impetus in the second half
Japan didn't show any attacking impetus in the second half

Unlike the frenetic first half when both the sides fired all their cylinders in search of goals, the second half was a tepid one with Japan deciding to hold on to the ball and allowing Oman to come towards them.

The first shot at the game in the second half came in the 69th minute when Saad Al-Mukhaini's feeble shot from the outside of the penalty box was collected calmly by the Japanese goalkeeper.

The tempo did increase in the final ten minutes of the match as Japan's Ritsu Doan and Junya Ito hit the target. However, Oman's goalkeeper came to the rescue to deny them from scoring an insurance goal. Raed Saleh also failed to keep his shot on target, but other than that, there was no attacking impetus shown from both the sides.


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