Suspended Mutō misses Japan's quarter-final win
Yoshinori Muto’s Japan booked their place in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Thursday – but the Newcastle United striker missed their 1-0 win over Vietnam through suspension.
The Blue Samurai maintained their 100 per cent record in this year’s competition thanks to Ritsu Doan’s 57th minute effort, which made sure of four-time champions Japan’s place in the last four.
But forward Muto, who played in three of his country’s previous four fixtures in the tournament, had to sit out the last-eight clash and watch on as Hajime Moriyasu’s side prevailed at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.
The result means Japan, who have won nine of their last ten Asian Cup matches, will now face either Iran or China in the semi-finals on Monday afternoon.