Japan on Tuesday defeated Syria 5-0 at Edin Peace Wing Hiroshima in their FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match. Ayaz Ueda, Ritsu Doan, Yuki Soma and Takumi Minamino scored a goal each for Japan, while Syrian centre-back Thayer Kuroma scored an own goal to contribute to the final score.

Ueda opened the scoring in the 13th minute, while Duan doubled the lead six minutes later. Soma converted the spot kick in the 73rd minute and Minamino rounded off proceedings with a goal five minutes before the final whistle. Kroma, who plays for Indian club Mumbai City FC, complicated things for the evening with her goal in the 21st minute of the match.

Japan adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation with Ueda leading the front line, with Kubo supported by Minamino in attacking midfield positions.

Syria went into the game in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, with O. Al Soma and TA Cervera Cadi as their two strikers for the contest. Kuroma started the game in the center of the backline, but there was a reason why Syria came on so early in the game against the Japanese heavyweights.

Kroma joined Mumbai City FC in the January transfer window for the 2023–24 season. He was an integral part of the team that won the ISL Cup in April by defeating Mohun Bagan Supergiant in the final held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

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