Asian champions Japan finally secured their first win in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup when they beat Poland 3-0 in an easy outing at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.
Then Japanese finally found their scoring skills as they scored three field goals – 10 minutes apart – to secure full points form the game.
It was the fourth game for both teams.
Poland remains winless. The win gave hope that Japan could avoid playing for fifth place.
But that would greatly depend on other matches.
Japan coach Siegfried Aikman admitted that the win has not enhanced their position for third placing playoff.
“ We need to beat South Korea in our last match on Friday and then see how the other results go. It is not in our hands” said Aikman.
“The game was good for us as we won for the first time. The players did better than the previous game as they managed to put away the chances they got. It is pleasing to see them try hard to win and also help each other with their game,”.
Japan opened their scoring in the 20th minute with Shota Yamada scoring a field goal.
Then 10 minutes later Kentaro Fukuda was on target with another field attempt.
The Poland side had a penalty corner in the 36th minute but failed to score.
Japan , on attack mode increased their lead in the 40th minute through another field goal by Hirotaka Wakuri.
Poland was unable to get any decent shots at goal and was forced to end up with their fourth straight loss.
Poland coach Karol Sniezek was disappointed with the result and felt they should have done better.
“Yes In would have been happy with a different result. But then we need to score the chances that come our way. Japan missed a lot of chances on Tuesday but today were sharper.
“Still we will continue to learn and try and improve with each match,” he said.