Japan obliterate Mongolia 14-0 in World Cup qualifying

Takumi Minamino Source: AAP

Japan have taken a huge step towards the next stage of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying with a hopelessly one-sided 14-0 hammering of Mongolia.

Yuya Osako scored a hat-trick, while Takumi Minamino, the Liverpool striker currently on loan at Southampton, was also among the scorers as Hajime Moriyasu's side made short work of the Mongolian minnows in Chiba.

The Group F win means the Japanese will advance to the next phase of Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup if they defeat Myanmar when the teams meet in Japan on June 3.

The eight group winners and four best second-place teams will advance to the third round of qualifying, which is scheduled to start in September.

Later on Tuesday evening, Saudi Arabia thumped Palestine 5-0 in the only other qualifying match from the Asian region to move to the top of Group D, above Uzbekistan.

Yasser Al-Shahrani and Fahad Al-Muwallad scored late in the first half to give the hosts the lead in Riyadh with two goals from Saleh Al-Shehri early in the second sealing the win.

A late penalty from Salem Al-Dawsari completed the rout.

Playing in an empty Fukuda Denshi Arena after the Mongolians were forced to relinquish hosting rights due to quarantine regulations at home, the game often felt like little more than a training exercise for the Japanese.

Minamino put them ahead after 13 minutes before Osako claimed his first 10 minutes later, slotting home after neatly turning the Mongolian defence.

Daichi Kamada made it 3-0 in the 26th minute when he steered in Junya Ito's cross, and Hidemasa Morita scored the fourth seven minutes later.

An own goal from Khash Erdene Tuyaa five minutes before the break capped a challenging first half for the Mongolians, and there was no let-up in the second period.

Osako scored his second 10 minutes after the restart with another composed finish, and substitute Sho Inagaki hit Japan's seventh with 22 minutes remaining.

Junya Ito, Furuhashi and Ito all scored before a flurry of late goals, including three in stoppage time, finished off the merciless rout.

Source AAP