Japan captain still searching for more

Japan captain Maya Yoshida believes his team still has more to offer despite their dominant 4-0 win over Thailand in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.

The win sees Japan top Group B, with five wins from their seven matches, with just one more remaining.

The captain enjoyed a good run at the Saitama Stadium, netting the final goal with an accurate header in the 83rd minute.

“We are still not there,” insisted the 28-year-old after the match.

“From now on every single game is important and every game makes a difference. Now we have to focus on the game against Iraq.

“We let ourselves down with some stupid and unnecessary mistakes. I have to lead the team but I couldn’t at times today so that’s the most frustrating part.

“But the good thing is we got three points and we got four goals, which could be important in the future. We have many things we have to improve, but at least we got three points.”

Iraq host Japan at the PAS Stadium in Tehran on 13 June in the final round of group stages.

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