Japan thrashed Honduras by 6 goals to 1 in the ongoing FIFA Under 17 tournament in India at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday. With goals coming from the boots of Nakamura, Kubo and Miyashiro.
The Central Americans got off to a poor start in their first game in Group E against the heavyweight of Asian football team Japan. Honduras have remained a constant in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in recent years, but have only made the knockout rounds once.
Keito Nakamura scored twice to give Japan a 2-0 lead but Patrick Palacios pulled one back for Honduras. Nakamura then completed his hat-trick to restore Japan’s two-goal lead before Takefusa Kubo added a fourth. Taisei Miyashiro scored the fifth goal in beginning of the second half and Toichi Suzuki scored the sixth towards the end of the game.
Japan reached the quarter-finals in 1993, when they hosted the tournament as debutants. In the 2011 edition, they topped a group which had world football heavyweights Argentina, France and Jamaica on their way to the quarter-finals.
All eyes were on Takefusa Kubo who is dubbed as the Japanese Messi and the youngest player to score in the J-League and represented Japan at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May this year but Nakamura was the big man after the match.
Forwarded by: Victoria Kwofie