Yoshida played all 90 minutes for the Samurai Blue, who were 2-0 winners over Australia in Saitama. It was the first win for Japan against their Asian Football Confederation counterparts in eight attempts.
“Those two points lifted the whole team up and that kind of motivation is very important for myself and the rest of the players as well,” said a delighted Yoshida to the Japan Times.
The Dutch slipped to fourth in the group following the result, leaving them six points adrift of the French with three games remaining. Sweden and Bulgaria are in second a third position, respectively.
Southampton's Jan Bednarek, Steven Davis and Ryan Bertrand could all feature for their respective countries with World Cup qualifying continuing today.