• KYODO, REUTERS, AFP-JIJI

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Japan lost 1-0 to Saudi Arabia in an Asian qualifier for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup on Thursday, its second defeat in three games and a loss that put a dent in its hopes of direct qualification.

The Saudis earned their third consecutive win in the third round of Asian qualifying for the Qatar World Cup, while Japan added a second Group B loss to go along with a 1-0 defeat against Oman earlier in the competition.

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