Japan get past Iraq

The goal was scored in the first-half by Keisuke Honda.

Both teams had won their first games in the pool heading into the match.

Japan played well but poor finishing stopped them from winning by a bigger margin.

Goal scorer Honda played really well hitting the woodwork on three occasions. 

The goal came in the 23rd minute when Jalal Hassan then made a superb point-blank save from Kagawa's shot, from the rebound Honda was sandwiched by two players and referee Alireza Faghani awarded the penalty kick.

Honda rolled the penalty into the bottom right-hand corner to give Japan the 1-0 lead. 

The exciting Honda came close to a second goal when his 25-yard shot hit the crossbar.

In the 65th minute Japan should have ended the contest when Nagatomo's low centre across the six-yard box picked out Honda, who hit the post with the goal wide open. 

Late in the game Kagawa tested Hassan with a stinging shot from the edge of the box that was saved.

Japan leads the group with six points, three clear of Iraq and Jordan. The four-time champions next play Jordan.

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