Japan beat Cambodia in World Cup qualifier

Sep 3, 2015 - 1:03 PM Japan eased past Cambodia 3-0 on Thursday to secure their first win of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

After being held to a surprising goalless draw by Singapore in its first Group E match in June, Japan were desperate for a convincing win.

Keisuke Honda opened the scoring with a left-footed shot in the 28th minute, and Maya Yoshida doubled the advantage early in the second half with an angled shot into the left corner of the net.

Shinji Kagawa put the result beyond doubt in the 61st minute when he was left unmarked in front of goal and calmly tapped in from close range.

Japan, bidding for their sixth straight World Cup berth, rose to four points, while Cambodia, who never seriously challenged the hosts, remained winless after three matches.

Source: AAP

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