Takumi Minamino opened the scoring as Japan earned a 14-0 victory over Mongolia of their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, which is their second-biggest win of all time.
Although he’s at the moment plying his commerce on mortgage at Southampton, Minamino stays of eager curiosity to Jurgen Klopp and his backroom workers, with the plan being for him to return to Liverpool subsequent season.
The 26-year-old has endured a hit-and-miss time at St Mary’s to this point, having scored twice in six appearances however seeing his affect diminish because the Saints’ outcomes plummet.
Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl was essential of Japan’s choice to name his No. 19 up for the March worldwide break, with Minamino required to journey to the opposite aspect of the world for 2 fixtures.
The primary of these was a pleasant in opposition to South Korea, which resulted in a 3-0 win as Minamino performed 86 minutes, earlier than beginning in opposition to Mongolia on Tuesday.
A World Cup qualifier, the tie was a must-win for Japan – notably as their opposition are ranked a hundred and ninetieth out of 210 in FIFA’s world rankings – and so they duly delivered.
Minamino scored the opener in Yokohama, with eight different goalscorers together with Yuya Osaka, who netted a hat-trick, and Sho Inagaki and Kyogo Furuhashi, who each hit braces.
A 14-0 win stands because the second-biggest in Japan’s historical past, behind solely their 15-0 victory over the Philippines in 1967, in response to Opta.
It speaks to the standard of Mongolia that Japan have been in a position produce such a purpose margin, however Minamino and his team-mates can nonetheless take satisfaction from such a complete win, with the 26-year-old substituted on 71 minutes when the rating was 7-0.
Japan will face more durable exams of their bid to qualify for Qatar 2022, with the likes of Australia and South Korea set to return within the latter levels, however it’s a end result to cherish nonetheless.