Yoshinori Muto scores first competitive goal for Japan as they complete perfect Asian Cup group – Watch it here
Yoshinori Muto got his first start at the 2019 Asian Cup finals and rewarded his manager with a goal.
The Newcastle striker only had two previous goals for his country, against Venezuela and Iran, back in 2014 and 2015 respectively, both in friendlies.
Today though saw Muto play as the main striker and on 43 minutes he finished with an excellent header – his first competitive goal for Japan.
Uzbekistan equalised in the second half but Shiotani scored the winner for Japan in the 58th minute, the Newcastle forward then subbed late on with five minutes to go.
It means Japan finished top of Group F with three wins and will play their last 16 knockout match on Monday 21 January, opposition to be confirmed.
Yoshinori Muto sat out the 3-2 win over Turkmenistan and then came on for the final 33 minutes of their 1-0 win over Oman.
Here you can see that Yoshinori Muto goal, go to 3.17 on the video:
As for Ki Sung-yeung he played the first 58 minutes of their 1-0 win over the Philippines in Group C match, before being forced off with a hamstring injury.
Despite reports later claiming it wasn’t too serious, the Newcastle midfielder has sat out the wins over Kyrgyzstan and China.
South Korea ending Group C winners with three victories and they play their last 16 knockout match on Tuesday 22 January, with once again opponents to be confirmed once other groups are completed.
Both countries should go through into the last eight, which is where they are likely to face their first difficult tests, in games on either Thursday 24 or Friday 25 January.
If either player was knocked out of the Asian Cup at that point, they would maybe have a small chance of being involved for Newcastle against Man City on Tuesday 29 January (NUFC games listed below).
Asian Cup matches/schedule for Ki Sung-yeung and Yoshinori Muto:
Monday 7 January
South Korea 1 Philippines 0
Wednesday 9 January
Japan 3 Turkmenistan 2
Friday 11 January
South Korea 1 Kyrgyzstan 0
Sunday 13 January
Japan 1 Oman 0
Wednesday 16 January
South Korea 2 China 0
Thursday 17 January
Japan 2 Ukbekisatan 1
After the group stages the knockout games are played:
Last 16 matches are 20-22 January
Quarter finals are 24 and 25 January
Semi finals 28 and 29 January
Final is 1 February
Newcastle United upcoming matches:
Saturday 19 January 2019
Newcastle v Cardiff (3pm)
Saturday 26 January 2019 (weekend of)
Newcastle v Watford (FA Cup)
Tuesday 29 January 2019 (BT Sport)
Newcastle v Man City (8pm)
Saturday 2 February 2019 (Sky Sports)
Tottenham v Newcastle (12.30pm)
Monday 11 February 2019 (Sky Sports)
Wolves v Newcastle (8pm)
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