Football: Japan ease past Jordan 6-1 in Asian Cup warm-up

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Japan geared up for the Asian Cup by beating Jordan 6-1 in Doha on Tuesday in an unofficial practice match played behind closed doors.

Manager Hajime Moriyasu substituted his entire starting eleven in the second half, while injury-hit Kaoru Mitoma and Takefusa Kubo were among players not taking part in the Qatari capital.

“It was positive we could check our concept as a team both in attack and defense,” Moriyasu said.

Seeking their record-extending fifth title, the Samurai Blue begin their Asian Cup against Vietnam on Sunday before facing Iraq and Indonesia in Group D.

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