Japan were held to a draw by Syria in Wednesday’s international friendly action, while China ran riot with an eight-goal humiliation of Philippines.
Japan 1-1 Syria
At the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Syria broke the deadlock against Japan three minutes into the second half when a cross from the right wing came to Mardik Mardikian, who rose highest to head home at the far post.
However, the hosts levelled matters in the 58th minute when Yuto Nagatomo marauded down the left flank before squaring the ball for Yasuyuki Konno, who stabbed it home from close range at the back post to ensure a 1-1 result.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa injured his shoulder during the match, and will miss Japan’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq next week.
China 8-1 Philippines
In Guangzhou, China proved too strong for Philippines as they thrashed the visitors 8-1 in their friendly clash at the Tianhe Stadium.
Ren Hang kicked off the festivities in the third minute before Xiao Zhi doubled the lead in the 25th. The away side responded eight minutes later as Misagh Bahadoran found the back of the net to make it 2-1.
However, the goals kept coming from the hosts. Yu Hanchao made it 3-1 two minutes before the interval, and Wang Yongpo extended the lead further in the 54th minute.
Yin Hongbo joined in on the scoring three minutes later to make it 5-1, before Zhang Xizhe fired home China’s sixth of the game. Deng Hanwen scored the seventh before completing his brace in the 90th minute and capping off the dominant performance.