Yangon: Japan turned on the power in the second half to beat Timor-Leste 6-0 on Matchday Two of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand Qualifiers on Sunday.
Fresh from their 8-0 win over Macau two days prior, Japan came into the Group I tie high on confidence but Timor-Leste, who were beaten 7-0 by Myanmar on Matchday One, put up a spirited resistance in the early stages.
The Southeast Asians, however, eventually fell behind to Kyosuke Tagawa's 24th minute effort but Japan were unable to find a second in the remainder of the first half.
The half-time pep talk seemed to have done the trick though as nine minutes into the second half, Japan struck again through Kubo Takefusa, before Yugo Tatsuta made it 3-0 on the hour-mark.
Boosted, Japan then found the net three times in seven minutes.
Kou Itakura scored his first goal of the qualifying campaign on 71 minutes, before Takefusa scored his second in the 75th minute before Ayase Ueda scored Japan's final goal of the night two minutes later.
Japan take on Myanmar in their final qualifying group fixture, while Timor-Leste will look to end their tournament on a high as they play Macau on Tuesday.
Photos: Mongolian Football FederationSource: the-afc.com