‘Spirited’ Japanese soccer wins 4-2 in Turkiye trial match

Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan national soccer team earned a convincing victory over Turkiye.

Japan, ranked 20th in the world by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), earned a 4-2 victory over 41st-ranked Tunisia in a friendly in Henk, Belgium, on Wednesday (ET) behind a pair of solo goals from Keito Nakamura (Reims, France).

Japan had previously thrashed Germany (15th) 4-1 on Sept. 9, with German coach Hanji Flick sacked in the aftermath of the crushing defeat.

Japan has scored four goals in each of its two European road games. The Japanese have scored 18 goals in four straight wins for the A team, including a 6-0 thrashing of El Salvador in a friendly in June and a 4-1 demolition of Peru.

Japan took the lead through Atsuki Ito (Urawa) in the 15th minute, before Nakamura scored back-to-back goals in the 28th and 36th minutes to make it 3-0.

Turkuye fought back with a 44th-minute goal from Ozan Kabak (Hoffenheim) and a 16th-minute strike from Bertu Ilicic (Rennes) in the second half, but Japan sealed the win in the 33rd minute when Junya Ito (Reims) converted a penalty kick awarded for a foul on an opponent.

Meanwhile, the German national soccer team won a 2-1 victory over France in an exhibition match in Dortmund on Wednesday, the day after the sacking of Flick, thanks to goals from Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller (4th minute) and Leroy Sane (42nd minute). It was Germany’s first win in six games under interim coach Rudi Föhler.온라인카지노

France’s star striker Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) was named to the bench but didn’t take the field until the final whistle, as Antoine Griezmann’s (Atletico Madrid) penalty kick goal saved France from defeat.

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