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2011-03-29 Samurai Blue (Japan NT) 2-1 Team As One (J League)

Posted by stefanole on 2011/03/31

The Japanese national team beat the J League “Team as One” 2-1 at Osaka’s Nagai Stadium.

40,613 were in attendance as they watched 44-year-old Yokohama FC striker “King” Kazu MIURA pull a goal back for the J League side. The Japan NT’s goals were scored by Gamba’s ENDO Yasuhito and Stuttgart’s OKAZAKI Shinji.

There were four current and two ex-Sanfrecce players involved in the match. For the National Team there was GK NISHIKAWA Shusaku, DF MORIWAKI Ryota and FW LEE “Chunson” Tadanari. Ex Purple Archers DFW MAKINO Tomoaki and MF KASHIWAGI Yosuke also appeared.

FW SATO Hisato also started and played for an hour for the J League selection, and looked lively. Makino looked solid at left-back for the NT, while Moriwaki looked more vulnerable, with Kazu breezing past him to score the J League’s goal. Nishikawa also looked uncertain in goal, though he did not concede. Chunson also missed a couple of good chances up front for the NT.

It has been confirmed that the match raised over $800,000 for disaster relief.

More:

http://www.goal.com/en/news/14/asia/2011/03/29/2416632/japan-2-1-j-league-select-samurai-blue-defeat-j-league-stars
http://japantoday.com/category/sports/view/endo-okazaki-miura-strike-as-japan-beats-j-league-team-in-charity-game

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