Japan Coach Zaccheroni: Individual Brilliance Helped My Side To Beat Ghana
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says the individual brilliance of some of his players helped his side to secure the comeback victory against Ghana in an international friendly on Tuesday.
Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa sparked the second-half fightback as the Blue Samurai came from a goal behind to beat Ghana 3-1 in the game in played at the Yokohama International Stadium.
Frank Acheampong sent the West Africans into halftime with a shock lead at Nissan Stadium after opening the scoring in the 24th minute, but Kagawa equalized five minutes after the break to turn the tide Japan’s way.
Yasuhito Endo put the Asian champions in front with a long-range shot in the 64th minute, before Keisuke Honda headed in another to earn Japan a second consecutive friendly win having beaten Guatemala 3-0 last Friday.
The Italian coach says the individual brilliance of some of his players help the steer his side to victory against Ghana.
‘We were able to turn things around and come back from a goal down, but before that we had about six or sevens chances to score in the first half,’ said Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni.
‘We were able to control the game with our aggressive and dynamic play, and with the high-quality individual players we have we were able to play some good football.’
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