Football: Japan survive early scare to beat Vietnam 4-2 at Asian Cup

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Japan bounced back from an early scare to claim a 4-2 victory against Vietnam in their opening Asian Cup Group D clash on Sunday.

The Samurai Blue’s French connection delivered at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, with Monaco’s Takumi Minamino bagging a brace and Reims’ Keito Nakamura restoring the lead late in the first half after Vietnam stunned the four-time Asian champions by going up 2-1.

Hajime Moriyasu’s men dominated possession but showed their vulnerability to counterattacks and set pieces against a Vietnam side managed by former Japan boss Philippe Troussier, who led the Samurai Blue to th...

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