Japan and Greece bow out

June 20, 2014 at 2:12 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Greece, Greece News, Japan, Japan News, News
NATAL, Brazil – The Japanese Blue Samurai took on Greece in their second match of the FIFA World Cup 2014 where both teams played to a goalless draw.

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Keisuke Honda of Japan controls the ball against Panagiotis Kone of Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 19: Keisuke Honda of Japan controls the ball against Panagiotis Kone of Greece during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Japan a formidable team under Italian coach, Alberto Zaccheroni who has been in charge of the team since their impressive run in the 2010 World Cup had one objective, a win.

Coming in to the game both teams had suffered losses, Japan to Ivory Coast and Greece to Colombia.

Japan had looked to their forward Keisuke Honda who has been influential in his team A.C. Milan in the 2013 – 2014 football season.

The first half although filled with competitive play had no clear goal opportunities as both the teams couldn’t find their rhythm in front of goal.

The Greeks lost Kostas Katsouranis in the 38th minute to a second yellow-card, but the missing of one man was not enough for the Blue Samurai to break down the Greek defence.

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni brought on Shinji Kagawa in the 57th minute but even the Manchester United man couldn’t help Japan break though despite a considerable increase in Japan going forward.

The two teams showed impressive output rates in the final 10 minutes, but no goals were to be and as a result, no change in their group standings.

Japan and Greece will not make it to the last 16.

 

Lebogang Mokoena


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