Minamino, Ito score as Japan beats Panama 3-0 in friendly

Japan's Takumi Minamino, right, vies for the ball with Panama's Michael Murillo during their Kirin Challenge Cup soccer match in Niigata, Niigata prefecture, north of Tokyo Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

NIIGATA, Japan (AP) Japan improved its record to 2-0 under coach Hajime Moriyasu after beating Panama 3-0 in a friendly on Friday.

Takafumi Minamino put the hosts ahead just before halftime on a left-footed shot from the center of the box, and Junya Ito doubled the advantage from close range midway through the second half.

An own goal by Panama defender Harold Cummings capped the result for Japan.

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Updated October 12, 2018