Samurai Blue win with wild scoring spree
TOYOTA, Aichi — Less than an hour into the match, Japan had turned what would be its first victory over Bulgaria into a rout.
Shinji Okazaki scored after just 4 minutes, and Shinji Kagawa and Maya Yoshida both struck twice as Samurai Blue rolled to a 7-2 victory over Bulgaria in the Kirin Cup tournament on Friday night at Toyota Stadium.
Takashi Usami made it 6-0 before the hour mark, and Under-23 striker Takuma Asano added his first senior-team goal by winning and then converting a penalty in the 87th minute.
“It was a wonderful match, particularly from an attacking point of view,” Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said. “We played at a very high level. It was fantastic how we finished off the goals. I’m just disappointed that we gave up two goals.”
Using quick vertical passes, Samurai Japan easily pierced the Bulgarian defensive line, from both the front and the side. A slick move by Yosuke Kashiwagi opened him up for a cross that Okazaki headed in to start the scoring spree.
In the final on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan will face Bosnia-Herzegovina, which earlier defeated Denmark on penalty kicks after their match ended deadlocked at 2-2.
No extra time was played after regulation.
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