Japan hit Vietnam 4-1 and eager to face Australia

A year on from the FIFA World Cup in Germany, Japan will seek revenge over Australia in the AFC Asian Cup quarter-final in Hanoi; courtesy of Japan finishing top in Group B with a 4-1 win over co-host Vietnam. The opening half at My Dinh Stadium got off to a surprising start wih Vietnam taking a sixth-minute lead with an own goal by Keita Suzuki. Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura found space on the left to float over a perfect cross for Seiichiro Maki, who had the simple task of chesting the ball into an open goal. Yasuhito Endo put Japan ahead just after the half hour, rifling a free kick into the top corner from the edge of the box. Nakamura added a third seven minutes into the second half with a superb right-foot strike before Maki headed in his second from close range in the 59th minute. "If we'd have a choice of opponents, Australia would have been first on the list," Maki said. "That's the team we wanted to meet and have the chance to bury those ghosts."

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