Finalizado

JAPAN 2-0 PARAGUAY

Kubo shines in Japan friendly win

The Japanese player currently on loan from Real Madrid at Mallorca played for the second half in the Kashima friendly game.

Kubo conduce el balón durante el Japón-Paraguay disputado en el Kashima Soccer Stadium (foto vía Twitter @SeleccionJapon).

Japan defeated Paraguay 2-0 in the friendly game staged in Kashima as both sides prepare for their World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

The game was part of a mini-Asian tour the South American side are undertaking with Jordan the next rival for Eduardo Berizzo's men.

Japan fielded a strong side with many European based players making the journey home to bolster the 'Samurai Blue' side for the friendly clash with both Japanese goals coming in the first half with Osako and Minamino finding the target for the Asian side.

Kubo action

Japan sat back somewhat after the break as the tempo and rhythm of the action became more fractured given the volume of changes employed by both sides in the second period. Takefusa Kubo was one of Japan's second half introductions with the teenager recently making his LaLiga debut in the red and black of RCD Mallorca following his loan deal to the island based outfit. The player was involved in the best of Japan's offensive play in the second half and  enjoyed a couple of half chances but failed to add to Japan's overall tally. 

Japan kick-off their Road to Qatar 2022 qualifying stage next week as they face Myanmar away on September 10th.