Shinji Kagawa gets 90-mins: Japan beat Cyprus in friendly, 1-0
(SportingAlert.com) — Shinji Kagawa played the full 90-minutes in Japan’s 1-0 victory over Cyprus in a Fifa World Cup warm-up game on Tuesday at Saitama Stadium.
The Manchester United playmaker, who has seen limited time on the pitch in a difficult and disappoint year for the English Premier League this past season, was given a full game run for Japan’s by head coach Alberto Zaccheroni , as the boss seek to work on his game sharpness in time for the World Cup.
It is understood that Zaccheroni is still not satisfied with Kagawa’s game-readiness and will continue to give more minutes.
Atsuto Uchida scored the winning goal for Japan in the game, shortly before the half-time break
Kagawa, Keisuke Honda, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Masato Morishige and goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, were the only players to play the full 90 minutes in the friendly win.