Japan took a giant step toward next year’s World Cup finals with 1-0 win over Bahrain in an Asian zone Group B qualifier in Manama on Friday.

Midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara scored the winner with a clinical finish in the 34th minute in sweltering conditions at Bahrain National Stadium to put Japan within a point of securing a place in Germany.

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