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Friday August 30, 2013 MYT 8:28:00 PM
Friday August 30, 2013 MYT 8:30:47 PM
by aftar singh
IPOH: Toshiro Tachibana scored a goal in each half to steer Japan to a 3-0 win over Bangladesh in the fifth to eighth classification match in the Asia Cup at the Azlan Shah Stadium on Friday.
World No. 16 Japan, who finished sixth in the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru last month, will face Oman in the fifth placing match on Saturday.
Oman, ranked 36th in the world, defeated Taiwan 2-0 in a penalty shootout after both teams failed to break the 2-2 deadlock in regulation time.
Toshiro gave Japan the lead in the ninth minute, turning in Koshi Yamabe’s cross from the right.
Japan doubled their lead in the 26th minute through skipper Koji Kayukawa’s close range attempt.
Toshiro completed the rout in the 70th minute off a penalty corner flick.
Oman started off well against world No. 50 Taiwan by taking 2-0 lead in the first-half. Oman went ahead in the 24th minute off an own goal by Yang Fu-hsiang. Seven minutes later, they increased the lead with a field goal by Samir Haliyas Jumaan.
Despite a downpour in the second-half, Taiwan bounced back to net two goals in the last 13 minutes through Liu Ching-kun (57th) and Tseng Hsien-yi (67th) to force the shootout.
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hockey, Japan, Bangladesh, Toshiro Tachibana, Koji Kayukawa, Oman, Asia Cup
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