Japan stayed on course for an Olympic football double as their
men's team joined the women's side in reaching the tournament
semi-finals following a 3-0 win over 10-man Egypt on Saturday.
Goals from Kensuke Nagai, captain Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu took
Japan through against an Egypt side who played more than half the
match a man down after defender Saadeldin Saad was sent off in
the 41st minute for denying Japan forward Manabu Saito a
Nagai gave Japan a 14th-minute lead, shooting into an empty net
after Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawi collided with one of his
own defenders in trying to deal with a through ball.
Egypt, despite being down to 10 men, came close to an equaliser
when Mohamed El Neny's dipping shot was well-saved by Japan
keeper Shuichi Gonda.
However, shortly afterwards, Japan put the result beyond doubt
with two goals in the space of five minutes.
The unmarked Yoshida's 78th minute header made it 2-0 before
another header, from Otsu, completed the scoring.
Afterwards, a delighted Yoshida said: "The match was perfect. I
had chances to score in the group stage and, finally, I managed
to score today, so I am very satisfied.
"We have to take the medal, that's all. That's what I say to the
people in Japan," he added.
Delighted Japan coach Takashi Sekizuka said: "Being able to win
in the quarter-finals is brilliant, magnificent.
"We still have a long way to go so I can't feel proud of my
players yet. We prepare game by game so we just have the
semi-final on our minds now."
Saturday's other quarter-final see Mexico play Senegal at
London's Wembley Stadium, Brazil take on Honduras in Newcastle
and hosts Great Britain up against South Korea at Cardiff's