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Shinji Kagawa shines in Japan victory

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa completed an impressive 75 minutes for Japan in their 3-0 victory over Guatemala in today’s international friendly match in Osaka.

Kagawa showed his creativity throughout the match and provided the assist for Masato Kudo to put Japan two goals in front just after the hour mark.

It was Kagawa’s well-worked short corner that defined the goal as he played a neat one-two with Hasebe before gliding into the penalty area and his square ball found Kudo who couldn’t miss from close range. The assist topped off a splendid display from the former Borussia Dortmund man.


The 24-year-old has played just seven minutes for United this season, coming on for a brief cameo role in the 2-0 victory over Wigan in the Community Shield.

New manager David Moyes wishes to slow eases the playmaker back into the side following a busy summer featuring in the Confederations Cup and a gradual return to full fitness.

With performances like this, it won’t be long before Kagawa gets to make his Premier League debut for Moyes Boyes.

Keisuke Honda, Masato Kudo and Yasuhito Endo all scored in the second half for Japan to ease them to a comfortable victory over the Guatemalans.

Next up for Kagawa’s Japan is a friendly match against Ghana on Tuesday.

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