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    Japan fires three goals in 15 minutes in second half to rally vs Turkmenistan

    Jan 9, 2019
    Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo, right, and Turkmenistan forward Mihail Titov battle for the ball.
    PHOTO: ap

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Japan's quest for a record fifth Asian Cup title got going Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Turkmenistan.

    After giving up an early goal, the Japanese scored three in quick succession to turn the game around.

    Yuya Osako scored in the 56th and 60th minutes and Ritsu Doan made it 3-1 in the 71st.

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    Arslanmurat Amanov scored with long-range shot to give Turkmenistan — the Asian Cup's second lowest-ranked team — the lead in the 26th minute. Ahmet Atayev converted a penalty kick toward the end after a foul by Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.

    Japan is playing without experienced players such as midfielder Shinji Kagawa and forward Shinji Okazaki.

    Oman and Uzbekistan will meet in the other Group F match later Wednesday, while 2022 World Cup host Qatar will play Lebanon.

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    Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo, right, and Turkmenistan forward Mihail Titov battle for the ball.
    PHOTO: ap
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