In their thrilling first match of the Asian Cup Group D, Japan made a comeback to defeat Vietnam with a score of 4-2.
During an exciting game at Al Thumama Stadium, five goals were scored in the first half. However, it was Takumi Minamino’s two goals that ultimately made the difference.
Japan scored the first goal with Minamino in the 11th minute, but Vietnam surprised the four-time champions with two goals scored from skillfully executed set pieces by Nguyen Dinh Bac and Pham Tuan Hai.
Nevertheless, Minamino equalized right before the end of the first half with a composed shot from a pass by Wataru Endo. Then, Keito Nakamura beautifully curved in a goal from outside the box, giving Japan a 3-2 advantage at halftime.
The latter portion of the game was dominated by one team, with Japan easing up on their efforts. However, they secured the victory for the Samurai Blue when Ayase Ueda scored in the 85th minute, making it out of reach for Vietnam.