|Izwan Mahbud in agony as Southampton's Yoshida (22) celebrates|
The result not only allowed the Blue Samurais to hold onto the top position in the AFC World Cup Qualifiers Group E standings but as a sort of revenge for that goal-less draw played in Saitama back in June as well.
The visitors wasted little time when the match kicked off at an usual timing at 7.15pm by setting up camp in their hosts' territory that basically crippled any chances of the Lions making their way out of their half.
|Keisuke Honda (left) in disbelief of another screwed chance|
Soon afterwards, it was the 29-year-old AC Milan striker who doubled the tally in the 26th minute with a textbook finishing, thanks to another laid-off a stone throw away by Muto within the perspective that deflected off the boot of Nazrul Nazari along the process.
|Hafiz Sujad (16) tried to whizz past from the left|
|Safuwan Baharudin (21) won the aerial duel|
Nonetheless, that sheer determination to maintain the scoreline to that decent margin could only be hold till the 87th when Maya Yoshida's innocent looking tap made it 3-0 from close range to close the chapter for the night.
|Fazrul Nawaz (10) found in tough going when defend was the priority|
"In the second half, Singapore used a lot of counter-attacks, set pieces when our defence discipline were not at their best to create chances for themselves but we are not underestimating them when we didn't win anything yet while we are still fighting for the qualification." added the former Côte d'Ivoire and Algeria coach.
|"Datuk" Hariss Harun sticking close to Honda|
|Crowd favourite Shinji Kagawa (10) started the game in second half|
Said the German coach:"It was a correct result for Japan who won it comfortably and took a successful revenge for that goal-less result in June."
"Back then, many of their players had just finished their season in Europe and it was an off-season for them, as compared to now when some of them are playing in top level competitions like the Champions League."
"To play against a team like Japan, we must defend and with more international matches like this, we can only confirm (gauge) our players and it shows we don't have enough players with this experience but I still believe we can qualify for the Asian Cup."