ABU DHABI, Mar. 23, 2017 (AMP) — Russia 2018 (Asian Qualifiers) : Japan defeated the United Arab Emirates by a score of 2-0 (halftime: 1-0), in a qualifying game for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Japan dominated the first half thanks to a goal scored by Kubo in the 13th minute. Leading 1-0 at the break, the Japaneses further widened their lead in the second period with a goal by Konno in the 51st minute.
The result put the Japanese top of Group B with 13 points. UAE is fourth with 9 points. In their next game, Japan will meet Thailand at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on March 28, while the United Arab Emirates will face Australia.
Fixtures and Results : Third Round Group B
United Arab Emirates at the World Cup
- 1 appearances (1990)
- 9 participations in the qualifications (first in 1986)
Japan at the World Cup
- 5 appearances (first in 1998)
- 15 participations in the qualifications (first in 1954)