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Sports News of Thursday, 31 May 2018


Black Stars exposes Japan defensive weakness ahead of World Cup

The Black Stars of Ghana defeated World Cup-bound Japan to win the Kirin Challenge Cup 2018 held in Yokohama on Wednesday in an international friendly.

Head coach of the Asian giants, Akira Nishino went to the game with a new formation of 3-4-2-1.

However, in the 8th minute of the game, Thomas Partey broke the deadlock with Emmanuel Boateng sealing the win in the 51st minute for Ghana.

French newspaper L'Équipe, which reported the same game, said, "Japan has exposed defensive weakness against Ghana and has been in terrible results in the game after Vid Halilhojic dismissed."

"Japan, one of the weakest teams in World Cup participating countries, is still in a crisis situation 15 days ago, and he lost to Ghana and won four games this time," he wrote.

"As for Ghana, Emmanuel Boateng gave an additional point in PK obtained from collaboration mistakes between Hasebe (Masanobu Hasebe) and Kawashima (Kawashima Eiji) when Thomas Party is ahead of the FK," he explained.

On the attacking side of Japan "It was a lot of opportunities, but I showed clumsiness on the front line" pointed out that lack of determination power.

British media "BBC" introduced about the same game "adopted a new formation called 5 back, Shinji Kagawa in Dortmund was a bench start".

"Because of the horrible performance I showed in the pouring rain, the director will be forced to make a hard decision in order to decide 23 World Cup members."

German magazine "Kicker," said, "A lot of players to play in Germany" appeared, "lack of decision power, good guard of opponent GK, weak defense" about defeat, "GK Richard Ophori's ambition is I have driven Japan to the edge of despair."

"After the run out at PK, Japan tried to counterattack, but apparently struggled against the strong Ghana that was disciplined, "he wrote.