• Kyodo


Japan crashed out of the World Youth Championship after suffering a 5-1 drubbing by Brazil in their quarterfinal match on Friday.

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Brazil’s Daniel tries to comfort Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima after Brazil beat Japan 5-1 in
the quarterfinals of the World Youth Cup on Friday.

Daniel Carvalho scored a pair of goals and Kleber stuck a third past the shell-shocked Japanese at Rashid Stadium, to kill the game as a competition after just 15 minutes.

Nilmar also scored twice while Japan’s consolation came through Sota Hirayama with a minute of normal time remaining.

With scarcely two minutes on the clock, Carvalho was pushed just outside the penalty area. The Internacional striker took the free-kick himself, whipping a fierce low shot that struck the post before ending up in the Japanese net.

Japan was still recovering from that early blow when Kleber, unmarked at the far post, headed home from an impossible angle, but the referee disallowed the goal, judging that the ball had gone out of play.

With the Japanese defense all at sea, Daniel broke free down the right, cut into the box and unleashed a shot that Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima could not deal with, and Carvalho pounced to tuck home the rebound on 13 minutes.

“We committed a cardinal sin on this goal,” confessed Japan coach Kiyoshi Okuma after the game. “At this level, such mistakes do not go unpunished.

“The individual strength and speed of the Brazilian players make them the best team in the tournament,” added a deflated Okuma.

In Friday’s other quarterfinals, it was: Spain 2, Canada 1; Colombia 1, United Arab Emirates 0; and Argentina 2, United States 1.

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