Zaccheroni praises Japan's accuracy after 6-0 conquest over Jordan

Few members of the 23rd-ranked Fifa nation had anything negative to say following a second dominant win over West Asian opposition that left the hosts with a huge Group B lead
Japan's national team were all smiles on Friday night following their 6-0 demolition of visiting Jordan at sold-out Saitama Stadium.

Much like their 3-0 win over Oman on Sunday, the hosts jumped out to an early lead and ceded little ground against another overwhelmed West Asian club.

Beginning with Ryoichi Maeda's 18th-minute header, four players scored for Japan as they jumped out to a five-point lead over their nearest Group B competitors.

"I asked the team to play with more accuracy than they did against Oman, and they delivered," coach Alberto Zaccheroni said after the match.

"Jordan are intent on reaching the World Cup, but we're also looking to get one of our group's two tickets.

"Today's result was proof that Japan is enthusiastic about reaching Brazil. Now we have to focus on Australia."

The night's star was clearly Keisuke Honda, who dazzled with Japan's first hat-trick in the final round of World Cup qualifying since Kazuyoshi Miura scored four goals against Uzbekistan in a September 1997 match.

"The goals came from my team-mates' help," the CSKA attacker told an appreciative crowd. "They set up the passes and earned the penalty kick, so I want to thank all of them.

"If we can come out this well against Australia we'll do fine. I want to play hard and live up to everyone's expectations."

Honda's performance overshadowed even that of Shinji Kagawa, who scored Japan's fourth goal of the night in his first appearance since the confirmation of his transfer to Manchester United earlier in the week.

"My goal came from their defender's mistake so I can't enjoy it too much," Japan's No.10 admitted. "I think I can do a lot more.

"Our supporters created a great atmosphere in these two matches and I hope they'll keep it up."

Substitute Yuzo Kurihara was also in a celebratory mood following his first international goal off of Yuto Nagatomo's cross in the 89th minute.

"My first attempt on goal was more accurate," recalled the Yokohama F. Marinos regular as he recalled his 75th-minute header, which was deflected by the goalkeeper.

"But this was my first international goal so I'm really happy about it."

The Japan Football Association (JFA) also announced following the match that defender Maya Yoshida would withdraw after sustaining an injury to his right knee in the first half.

"I slipped and my weight was concentrated on my knee," the VVV man told reporters.

The JFA has no plans to call up a replacement player for Tuesday's match in Australia.