Japan routs Tajikistan 8-0 in World Cup qualifier

Mike Havenaar, Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa all scored twice

to lead Japan to an 8-0 thrashing of Group C minnow Tajikistan in

the third round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

Havenaar headed Japan in front in the 11th minute from a cross

by Yuichi Komano. The hosts doubled the lead eight minutes later

when Okazaki took a pass from Kengo Nakamura and beat the

Tajikistan goalkeeper with a right-footed shot into the top


Komano scored his first goal for Japan to make it 3-0 in the

35th before Kagawa closed out the scoring in the first half.

Havenaar, Kagawa, Nakamura and Okazaki all added goals after the

break to complete the rout.

Japan sits top of Group C after three games, four points ahead

of third-place North Korea with the top two advancing to the next

round of qualifying.