Komatsu nets two for impressive Japan
Content: Japan began the men's football tournament in sparkling style, crushing Chinese Taipei 6-1 at the Macau University of Science and Technology sports field on Saturday afternoon.
In the opening match of Group A, Japan led 2-0 at the break and added four more in the second half with a strong all-round performance.
Rui Komatsu scored twice for Japan, in the space of three second-half minutes, and there was one apiece for Shingo Akamine, Shingo Hyodo, Shinji Tsujio and, in second-half injury time, for left-footed playmaker Jungo Fujimoto. Chinese Taipei replied with a long-range effort from Lin Kueipin that sailed over the Japanese keeper to make it 3-1 early in the second half.
Head coach Masahiro Inui said he was very satisfied with Japan's performance, considering it was their first outing since the Universiade tournament in Turkey in August.
"We have not been able to play together for two months, so to score six goals after just two training sessions here is very satisfying," he said.
"I was able to try out two systems, 4-4-2 and 3-5-2, and we showed a lot of discipline."
His opposite number, Lee Po-Houng, said his team lacked experience at this level of international competition.
"The players were too nervous and could not relax, but they tried their best," he said.
"We had a few injuries and this affected the performance."