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World Cup 2018: Japan lose to Ghana in opening warm-up match

Japan begin their World Cup campaign against Colombia in Mordovia on 19 June
Japan begin their World Cup campaign against Colombia in Mordovia on 19 June

Akira Nishino suffered defeat in his first game as Japan manager after losing 2-0 to Ghana on Wednesday.

Nishino played a new formation with five at the back, while Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa started on the bench in Yokohama.

Ghana - who failed to qualify for the 2018 finals - took the lead in the ninth minute through a free-kick from Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

Emmanuel Boateng sealed the victory from the penalty spot on 51 minutes.

A poor display on a rain-drenched night means Nishino, 63, has some difficult decisions to make before he announces his final 23-man squad in the next 24 hours.

Japan continue their tournament preparation with friendlies against Switzerland and Paraguay ahead of their opening Group H match with Colombia on 19 June. Senegal and Poland are the other two teams in Group H.

Line-ups

Japan

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Kawashima
  • 22Yoshida
  • 17HasebeSubstituted forIdeguchiat 76'minutes
  • 20Makino
  • 8HaraguchiSubstituted forG Sakaiat 45'minutes
  • 18OshimaBooked at 82mins
  • 16YamaguchiSubstituted forShibasakiat 59'minutes
  • 5Nagatomo
  • 4HondaSubstituted forOkazakiat 59'minutes
  • 15OsakoSubstituted forMutoat 45'minutes
  • 11UsamiSubstituted forKagawaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Endo
  • 3Shoji
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 9Okazaki
  • 10Kagawa
  • 12Higashiguchi
  • 13Muto
  • 14Inui
  • 19H Sakai
  • 21G Sakai
  • 23Nakamura
  • 24Ueda
  • 25Asano
  • 26Misao
  • 27Ideguchi

Ghana

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ofori Antwi
  • 18Yiadom
  • 19Opoku
  • 15SumailaSubstituted forGyasiat 77'minutes
  • 17Agbenyenu
  • 13SackeySubstituted forNuhuat 71'minutes
  • 2Attamah
  • 5Partey
  • 22AcheampongSubstituted forDwamenaat 64'minutes
  • 21BoatengSubstituted forWriedtat 83'minutes
  • 14Ampomah

Substitutes

  • 4Nuhu
  • 9Wriedt
  • 11Dwamena
  • 12Ati
  • 20Adomah
  • 23Gyasi
Referee:
Chris Beath
Attendance:
64,520

Match Stats

Home TeamJapanAway TeamGhana
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Japan 0, Ghana 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Japan 0, Ghana 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Shinji Kagawa (Japan).

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Opoku Ampomah (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kwasi Okyere Wriedt.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tomoaki Makino (Japan).

  6. Post update

    Raphael Dwamena (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoshinori Muto (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Gaku Shibasaki (Japan).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Ghana. Lumor Agbenyenu tries a through ball, but Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kwasi Okyere Wriedt.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gotoku Sakai (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yosuke Ideguchi.

  12. Post update

    Gaku Shibasaki (Japan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Opoku Ampomah (Ghana).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Shinji Kagawa (Japan).

  15. Post update

    Joseph Attamah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ghana. Kwasi Okyere Wriedt replaces Emmanuel Boateng.

  18. Booking

    Ryota Oshima (Japan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryota Oshima (Japan).

  20. Post update

    Emmanuel Boateng (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.