Brilliant Chip! Shinji Okazaki (Japan) vs Canada | inside World Soccer

Japan recorded a 2-1 win over Canada in an international friendly on Friday and their opening goal was a beauty.

Japan player Shinji Okazaki scores a goal past Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan
Japan player Shinji Okazaki scores a goal past Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan

Photo: Reuters

The Samurai Blue dominated possession from the start and they opened the scoring after nine minutes at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

After a good through ball caught the Canadian defenders out playing a high line, goalkeeper Milan Borjan was forced to rush out to clear the ball with his feet from the inrushing Shinji Kagawa.

Unfortunately for Borjan, the ball went to Shinji Okazaki, who eluded a Canadian defender before floating a delightful chip went over a backtracking Borjan and in.

Marcus Haber pulled Canada back to level terms with his first senior team goal on 58 minutes, but Mike Havenaar swept in the winning goal in the 74th minute.


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