Japan defeat Chinese Taipei
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Japan defeated Chinese Taipei 3-0 in the East Asian football championship on Thursday, with Mana Iwabuchi scoring her first goals for the national side.

Following the victory Japan have two wins with six points, while China and Korea Republic each have three points after one win and one defeat. Chinese Taipei have lost twice.

Japan opened the scoring in the 36th minute, when 16-year-old Iwabuchi, making her second appearance for the national team, dashed to an Aya Miyama cross inside the box, and scored her first goal for the team with her left foot.

The best player at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, Iwabuchi scored her second in the 59th minute after sprinting past opposing striker Tseng Shu-O to slide behind goalkeeper Huang Feng-Chiu and send a Manami Nakano cross into the net.

Japan added the third goal in the 85th minute when striker Megumi Takase beat defender Chen Ya-huei in the left side of the box and fired a right-footer deep into the net.