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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Japan 0, Ghana 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Japan 0, Ghana 2.

Hand ball by Shinji Kagawa (Japan).

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

Foul by Tomoaki Makino (Japan).

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

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

Hand ball by Gaku Shibasaki (Japan).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Opoku Ampomah (Ghana).

Foul by Shinji Kagawa (Japan).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Kwasi Okyere Wriedt replaces Emmanuel Boateng.

Booking

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

Foul by Ryota Oshima (Japan).

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

Attempt missed. Yoshinori Muto (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Richard Ofori Antwi.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Edwin Gyasi replaces Rashid Sumaila because of an injury.

Corner, Japan. Conceded by Richard Ofori Antwi.

Tomoaki Makino (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raphael Dwamena (Ghana).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Japan. Yosuke Ideguchi replaces Makoto Hasebe.

Delay in match Rashid Sumaila (Ghana) because of an injury.

Foul by Yoshinori Muto (Japan).

Rashid Sumaila (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Shinji Okazaki (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicholas Opoku (Ghana).

Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Thomas Partey (Ghana).

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Kasim Nuhu replaces Isaac Sackey because of an injury.

Ryota Oshima (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Partey (Ghana).

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Japan).

Thomas Partey (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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