Soccer: Japan to host their group's World Cup qualifying matches in May-June

Japan will host matches in their second-round group of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup between May 31 and June 15, as the Asian Football Confederation announced its plan to centralize matches on Friday. Japan’s Group F games against Tajikistan on June 7 and Kyrgyzstan on June 15 are already scheduled at Panasonic Stadium in Osaka. Other matches not involving Japan in the group will now also take place in the country, with venues to be decided. Japan’s March 25 game against Myanmar has been postponed following the Feb. 1 military coup in the country after a request from that nation’s fe…

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