Japan thrash Pakistan in AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024 qualifiers

The Shaheens lost 6-0 after a disappointing display

September 07, 2023
Japan dominated the entire game against Pakistan on Wednesday. - AFC

KARACHI: Japan thrashed Pakistan 6-0 in Group D’s first match in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2024 qualifiers at the Shaikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium at Muharraq Club in Arad town in Bahrain on Wednesday.

It was a disappointing display from Pakistan, who were outclassed in all departments of the game and were pinned inside their own half for the majority of the game.

Japan, the 2016 champions, scored their opening goal in the 11th minute when Ryuya Nishio put the ball in the net after a corner kick.

Towards the end of the first half, Japan scored twice in a space of four minutes through Shunsuke Mito (43rd) and Mao Hosoya (45th+2).

Japan stayed on top in the second half and increased their lead from the penalty spot, first from Hosoya (51st) then captain Joel Chima Fujita in the 59th minute.

Mito scored his second of the game when he struck in the 64th minute.

Pakistan will take on Bahrain and Palestine on September 9 and 12, respectively.

Pakistan squad

Goalkeepers: Salman ul Haq, Hassan Ali and Usman Ali

Defenders: Mohammad Sohail, Mohib Ullah, Haseeb Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Sufyan, Syed Abdullah Shah, Mamoon Moosa Khan, Saeed Khan and Abdullah Iqbal

Midfielders: Mohammad Hayan Khattak, Mohammad Taha, Zaid Umar, Nizam Uddin, Alamgir Ghazi and Harun Hamid

Forwards: Shayak Dost, Moin Ahmed, Mohammad Waheed, Mohammad Waleed, Hamza Ahmed and Fareed Ullah


Shahzad Anwar (head coach), Walid Javaid (Assistant Coach), Chaudary Nouman Ibrahim (goalkeeping coach), Muhammad Shoaib (media), Zubair Abdullah (physio), Muhammad Azam (doctor), Abdul Qayyum (masseur), Osama Ahmad (team manager).

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.