Yuya Osako scored twice and Manabu Saito also opened his national team account as Japan beat Australia 3-2 in its second match at the East Asian Cup on Thursday night.

Saito opened the scoring with a stunning first-half strike and Osako added the second on 56 minutes. Two quick-fire goals from Mitchell Duke and Tomi Juric put the Socceroos on level terms, but Osako completed his brace and the victory in the 79th minute.

Japan moved onto four points after its opening 3-3 draw with China while Australia has a point after drawing 0-0 with South Korea on Saturday. South Korea drew 0-0 with China on Wednesday.