He cannot be faulted for the ineptitude of his defence but his effort, or lack of it, for the first goal was there for all to see. Was also beaten for the fourth goal after coming well out of his goal.
Beaten for pace down his flank by Nagatomo before one of the goals but did show glimpses in attack as an overlapping fullback, who was also prepared to come inside. One of the few Saudis to emerge with any credit.
Disappointing from the centre-half, who had been having a good tournament on a personal level until today. He had no answer to Okazaki or Maeda in the worst drubbing for any team so far in this tournament.
Osama Al Harbi
Failed to cope with the movement and speed of the Japanese attackers. Abject at the heart of the Saudi defence.
Mohammad Al Shalhoub
A lot is expected of the playmaker, who barely featured in the first half. Played a few decent passes but never really unduly worried the Japanese defence. Responsible for his side's best shot on goal of the game with a free-kick towards the end that almost caught Kishigawa out.
Taisir Al Jassim
A goalscorer earlier in the tournament, he never had a sniff against Endo in the Japanese midfield.
Yasser Al Qahtani
Gave Japan an early scare but true to form, continued to prove his status as the single biggest disappointment of the tournament.
Had a chance early doors but was much less of a potent force than in the previous two games. Subbed at half-time.
What little the Lierse goalkeeper had to do, he did it well. Kept Japan's clean sheet in intact with a good save from a late Al-Shahloub free-kick.
Had very little to do and will no doubt be glad of that with sterner tests to come later in the tournament. Saudi's impotency in attack can be summed by the fact he was never even required to make a single tackle.
The Schalke right-back got forward well but disappointingly picked up a caution, which rules him out of the quarter-final. Inexcusable given the ease the Japanese had in coping with Saudi Arabia and he was then subbed at half-time accordingly.
Almost a day off though he will have gained particular satisfaction from this win as it was his equaliser that earned the point against Jordan. Earned a rest after the hour mark but another solid display.
As ever, got well forward and set up the third goal with an excellent run and cross, which was the highlight of his afternoon but one of many enterprising forays into enemy territory.
The Dortmund man did well at finding space ; he also put in an excellent cross for the Okazaki goal. Will feel he should have scored when he rounded Abdullah. A little off pace but he was never required to be at his brilliant best.
The skipper had one excellent chance to score but he fluffed his lines, mishitting the volley. Kept things ticking over alongside Endo in the heart of the midfield.
The former Asian Footballer of the Year just oozed quality in central midfield, both without and (mainly) with the ball. Excellent range of passing as he capitalised on the disinterested Saudis.
A controversial selection in place of Keisuke Honda, he was overshadowed by the other members of the attacking quartet. Put in some decent deliveries from corners though and didn't let the side down in terms of his technique.
Finally, finally named in the starting line-up and he proved that he is more than just a lucky charm coming off the subs bench. Took all his goals superbly, in particular the third for the hat-trick and added the cutting edge in attack this Japanese side so desperately require if they're to win the tournament.
Took his first goal superbly with a deft flick into the corner before making an excellent run to beat Abdullah to Inoma's cross and score his second.
- 23 S. Gonda
- 20 M. Nagata
Came on in the second-half and was grateful for the run out as he shakes off a foot injury. Certainly wasn't tested in his 30 minutes on the field.
The substitute right-back was cleverly brought on to be given playing time in preparation for the quarter-final against Qatar. Made an almost instant impact by providing the assist for the fourth goal.
- 12 R. Moriwaki
- 13 H. Hosogai
- 14 J. Fujimoto
- 18 K. Honda
- 19 T. Lee