Shizuo Kambayashi, Associated Press
SAITAMA, Japan — Ryoichi Maeda and Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals on Sunday as Japan started its final round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers with a convincing 3-0 win over Oman.
Maeda gave Japan a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute when he took a pass from Shinji Kagawa, broke to his left and slid the ball under the outstretched arms of Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
Okazaki, who plays for German side Stuttgart, put the result beyond doubt just three minutes later, gathering his own rebound and beating Al Habsi from close range.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda opened the scoring in the 12t, taking a superb cross from Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo and beating Al Habsi with a left-footed shot.
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