Football: Japan cruise to 5-0 friendly win over Thailand

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Ao Tanaka opened the floodgates early in the second half as Japan overwhelmed Thailand 5-0 in a men’s international football friendly Monday at Tokyo’s National Stadium.

Keito Nakamura, Takumu Kawamura and Takumi Minamino also found the net for Japan in the New Year’s Day clash, which served as a warmup for the Asian Cup kicking off later this month in Qatar.

With a number of Samurai Blue mainstays still on duty for their European clubs, Hajime Moriyasu gave several new faces a chance to make their case for Asian Cup selection.

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