Saturday June 22, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Estádio Mineirão

Japan 1 - 2 Mexico

  • Okazaki 86’
  • Hernández 54’, 66’

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    Time:90'
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • 90+5' Japan pump it into the Mexican box. It's cleared away, smacked back in, and hacked away again. Amazing finish. Finally the full-time whistle sounds. What a second half! Mexico finish third in Group A, Japan take bottom spot.
    • 90+4' Ochoa booked for time wasting in the Mexican goal. One minute to go...
    • 90+3' Five minutes of added time were signalled. Japan are going for this. Such a good finish to this match.
    • 90+2' SAVED! Down to Kawashima's left. The rebound falls back to Hernandez but he lashes it against the bar. Unbelievable. The stadium has exploded into life.
    • 90' Poor old Uchida. Own goal last match. This time out he's fouled Hernandez in the box... Penalty time. Hat-trick for the frontman?
    • 89' Jimenez saunters off towards the bench to be replaced by Javier Aquino.
    • 87' Mexico a bit all over the place following that goal. Complete transformation. Can Japan grab a late leveller?
    • 86' Surely not, Japan. Surely not...
    • 85' Kagawa plays a delicious ball out to the right. It's knocked back in by Endo and Ogazaki fires at goal. Tipped onto the bar by Ochoa! It bounces down, do we need the goalline technology? No, it's in! Comeback time...
    • 84' Barrera crosses towards Hernandez but the striker can't quite reach it. Almost a hattrick of headers.
    • 83' Mexico taking the sting out of the game now, taking their time over throw ins. They still look dangerous whenever the ball is in play though.
    • 82' Into the final ten minutes. Looks like it's Japan who will finish without a point to show for their Brazilian exploits.
    • 81' Kengo Nakamura comes on for Nagatomo. And the new man is involved in winning a corner for the Asian side.
    • 80' What a trooper. Less than 30 seconds after taking a stream train of a shot to his temples, Moreno is back up and running.
    • 79' Ouch. Hector Moreno takes a vicious shot straight to the face as he dives in to block the ball. Unsurprisingly, he's down.
    • 78' Konno finds himself on the Mexican goaline and delivers a low cross which deflects behind off Ochoa via the post.
    • 77' Dos Santos, who has had a really excellent game, is replaced by Pablo Barrera for the remaining 13 minutes or so.
    • 75' Dos Santos tries to start a cheeky corner routine as he sprays the ball to the edge of the area where Salcido lurks but his shot flies over.
    • 74' Nagatomo is receiving treatemnt from an aesthitically displeasing ice pack. He hobbles to the sidelines.
    • 73' Dos Santos is at it again, cutting inside onto his left foot and unleashing an effort which Kawashima turns wide. Corner to Mexico.
    • 72' Japan slowly coming back into it but they look very deflated. Uchida gets forward and loses the ball to new man Salcido.
    • 71' A few players looking pretty tired out there so expect to see the manager use their full quota of substitutions.
    • 70' First change for Mexico as Carlos Salcido replaces Guardado.
    • 68' Japan have only ever beaten Mexico once in their history and it doesn't look like it'll be happening again today. The Central Americans are flooding forward, wave after wave.
    • 67' Good news for Mexican fans as their nation starts to find the net once more. Bad news for Japanese fans though, their team can't defend at the vital moment it seems.
    • 66' A corner is whipped into the danger zone, the keeper doesn't come, and there's Hernandez lurking at the back post to head home. 2-0. Pretty hopeless Japanese defending.
    • 64' Maeda is replaced by Yoshida for Japan. Tactical reshuffle coming up...
    • 63' Honda and Kagawa combine in the centre but they can't break down the Mexican backline.
    • 62' Down the other end Dos Santos schools the Japanese defenders with some silky tricks. Real crowd pleasers but they fail to work an opening.
    • 61' Maeda works space on the edge of the Mexican area and drills an effort at goal. The Japanese fans scream as the net ripples, but it's side netting only.
    • 60' It's a pulsating encounter now. Cheers break out around the stadium for a goal in the other game. No prizes for guessing who got it.
    • 59' Dos Santos looks lively and breaks into the area sending a half volley crashing against the post via a save from Kawasima down to the keeper's left.
    • 58' Hiroki Sakai jogs off to be replaced by Atsuto Uchida who scored an own goal in his last appearance against Italy.
    • 57' Nagatoma tries to wriggle clear inside the Mexican box but it can't quite work an opening.
    • 56' It's all Mexico as a dangerous ball flashes across the Japanese penalty area. The crowd has come alive.
    • 55' Mexico deserve that for their bright start to this half. Japan are currently staring the Group A wooden spoon in the face.
    • 54' Guardado delivers a peach of a cross onto the head of Hernandez who powers the ball into the net. Mexico have scored from open play at the Confederations Cup! 1-0.
    • 53' Jimenez heads straight at the keeper from the resulting corner. Kawashima flapped a bit at that. Nervous?
    • 52' Dos Santos cuts it on from the right wing and unleashes a fierce strike at goal. Headed behind.
    • 51' Terrado almost gifts possession to Okazaki on the edge of his own box but the Japanese man's touch flies harmlessly away.
    • 50' Mier and Dos Santos work it well down the right flank. Bright start to the second half from Mexico.
    • 49' Hernandez prods a shot at goal in the area. Did it strike a hand? Every red and white Mexican shirt appealed but the whistle remains unblown.
    • 48' Japan playing keep ball inside their own half. All a bit cagy and they concede possession.
    • 47' Mexico force an early throw down the right but Endo hacks clear the danger.
    • 46' And it's Japan in blue who get us back underway.
    • 45+1' Zavala launches a powerful shot from distance which Kawashima strangely elects to flap behind. Not the most confident goalkeeping. It's half-time, 0-0 at the break.
    • 45' Sakai breaks down the right and finds Okazaki in the area. He twists and turns but can't create space for a shot.
    • 44' It's delivered right under Kawashima's crossbar but the keeper does well to clutch at it as the Mexican players hustle ominously around him.
    • 43' Kagawa fluffs his shot from the resulting set-piece and Mexico break. It's spread wide to Dos Santos and Mexico win a corner of their own. Really good end to the half.
    • 42' Endo tries to find Okazaki inside the box, but a Mexican head diverts it behind. Corner.
    • 41' Five minutes until the break. Nagatoma gets back to rob Dos Santos who was well placed.
    • 40' Guardado is free in the middle as the Japanese defence wanders aimlessly. He heads the ball past Kawashima but it strikes the inside of the post. Desperately unlucky for Mexico, but surely he had to score.
    • 39' Maeda tries to compete with Mexican keeper for Ochoa for a long ball hoisted in the air but he can't do much with service provided three metres high in the air.
    • 38' Finally the referee gives in and awards a yellow card, Hiroki Sakai the man to receive the honour.
    • 37' Nagatoma flies down the left and crosses for Honda who swings his left boot at it... But it hits his standing leg! Disaster, but it would have been some strike if he had made proper contact.
    • 36' Konno clears for a Mexico corner. Okazaki heads away the danger. Torrado, fresh from his sore head incident, blazes the knock down over.
    • 35' Dos Santos races in to steal the ball and Mexico have a two on two... Hernandez slips by a Japanese challenge but can't get a shot away under pressure.
    • 34' Mexico skipper Torrado is moving a little gingerly after taking a loose elbow to the face. Looks like he'll be fine though.
    • 33' Mexico win it straight back and Hernandez almost meets a cross at the back post but it just evades him.
    • 32' Mexico are growing into this match. Concerted pressure on the edge of the Japanese box almost hands Dos Santos a chance but a lapse of communication sees the chance go astray.
    • 31' Dos Santos plays a through ball at 1000mph towards Hernandez. Unsurprisingly the Manchester United striker can't reach it.
    • 30' Mier wins a throw down the right. It's worked back to him and he's got a great chance to cross here. Wow. Worst delivery of the tournament without question as he slices it out of play with his shin.
    • 29' It's Mexican wave time in the Estadio Mineirao. That's got everyone going. Lots of clapping and cheering now from the fans...
    • 28' Mexico are struggling for goals and it's not hard to see why as only three players work their way into the box for the free-kick. Two more lazily join. The ball off a Mexican head and over.
    • 27' Sakai flies in, studs slightly raised, on Hernandez. Free-kick. No booking.
    • 26' Lots of niggling fouls creeping into the match. No bookings yet though.
    • 25' Great interchange on the edge of the Mexico box between Kagawa, Endo and Honda with the latter forcing a good low save from Ochoa.
    • 24' Torrado tries to find Torres Nilo down the flank. Doesn't come to anything. Crowd becoming ever so slightly restless.
    • 23' Diego Reyes is invited into the Japanese half by reluctant opposition pressing. Mexico keeping it nicely in the middle.
    • 22' Nagatomo tries to work an opening down the left but it's pretty congested down there and comes to nothing.
    • 21' But Mier is back with us, happily receiving a ball without discomfort. The game's just lost a touch of its earlier bite. I'm sure it'll spark back into life pronto.
    • 20' Mexican full-back Hiram Mier is down on the halfway line. Slight stoppage here.
    • 19' Five consecutive headers the only action of note in the 19th minute...
    • 18' Superb defending by Diego Reyes in the right back position as he slides in to cut out a threatening Japan through ball.
    • 17' Kagawa toys with the ball on the left flank but can't work an opening and Japan end up spreading it back to their keeper. But they work it forward again in lightning fashion and Okazaki bursts through the middle. Can he reach it? Yes, but his effort lacks power and direction and rolls wide.
    • 16' Considering this game holds little importance and both sets of players are undoubtedly tired, it's a really absorbing game.
    • 15' Will clear up that disallowed Japan goal now... Endo's strike looked goal bound but it caught the foot of Okazaki on the way through and the linesman judged him to be offside.
    • 14' Ball bouncing around on the edge of the Japanese penalty area. Guardado fires over though.
    • 13' The resulting throw is played into the chest of Jimenez. It bounces off his frame before he attempts a looping overhead effort. Think it went out for a throw on the other side...
    • 12' Mexico try to release Dos Santos down the right but Kagawa launches himself across the turf to force the ball out of play for a throw.
    • 11' Endo cuts in from the left and tries to seek out Maeda but the cross just evades him. Ochoa gathers.
    • 10' Really bright this from Japan who are looking to bomb forward at every opportunity.
    • 9' Kagawa drops deep to spark a Japanese attack. Honda flicks the ball over his head in the box, chaos ensues and the Mexicans fail to clear. The resulting effort finds its way into the net but only via a deflection off a Japanese leg. Offside - no goal.
    • 8' Raul Jimenez almost gets away with a cheeky hand ball deep inside the Japanese half but the referee's whistle sounds belatedly.
    • 7' Lively tempo already as Gerado Torrado takes a tumble to the floor. Brief stoppage before Japan come again with Keisuke Honda. Snuffed out.
    • 6' Japan getting into their stride now. Okazaki is fouled and tries to restart play with a moving ball. The referee is having none of it though.
    • 5' Japan’s lack of caution and defensive naivety helped create the match of the tournament as they succumbed 4-3 to Italy a few days ago and hopefully they will attack this game in an equally exciting manner. Kagawa probably should have scored with their first attack.
    • 4' Shinji Okazaki gets Japan going down the right before the ball is worked to namesake Shinji Kagawa. His shot is poked straight at the Mexican keeper. Chance.
    • 3' Giovani Dos Santos lurks down the left in a dangerous position but is flagged offside. Japan yet to real get going.
    • 2' Mexico won the last time these two met, a 2-1 win in the 2005 Confederations Cup. The Central Americans have started brightly.
    • 1' The anthems have been sung passionately by both sets of fans, the customary handshakes are complete, and we're ready to get started at the Estadio Mineirao. Mexico get us underway.
    • 19:55 Mexico manager Jose Manuel de la Torre: “Whatever the result against Japan, it won't lose me the support of my players or my bosses [at the Mexican FA]. For the sake of our pride, we really want to win this game. We don't want to bow out without any points, particularly since our aims [for this competition] had been so different.”
    • 19:50 Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni: “It's not possible for us in just one year to get to level of Italy, Spain, Brazil etc. but we want to reduce the gap as much as possible and that's why are trying to accumulate useful experience. We have seen as regard playing ability we are nearly there. Now we need to add experience. Clearly for the rest of the year we are going to have to experiment with other formations in order to be less predictable. And especially for when we can't play as fast.”
    • 19:45 Four changes also to the Mexican side which fell to a 2-0 defeat against Brazil as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, Diego Reyes, Jesus Zavala, Raul Jimenez are given the chance to impress ahead of their important World Cup qualifiers after the summer. Despite speculation he might be dropped after struggling against the Brazilians, Jorge Torres Nilo keeps his place in the side.
    • 19:40 One enforced change and three managerial tweaks for Japan with suspended Makoto Hasebe, unfortunate provider of Italy’s second goal Atsuto Uchida, Southampton’s Maya Yoshida, and Hiroshi Kiyotake dropping out. They’ve been swapped for Yuzo Kurihara, Hiroki Sakai, Hajime Hosogai and Ryoichi Maeda.
    • 19:35 TEAMS – Japan: Kawashima, Kurihara, H.Sakai, Konno, Nagatomo, Endo, Hosogai, Honda, Kagawa, Okazaki, Maeda… Subs: Nishikawa, Inoha, G.Sakai, Uchida, Kiyotake, Havenaar, Nakamura, Inui, Takahashi, Yoshida, Gonda /// Mexico: Ochoa, Mier, Reyes, Moreno, Torres Nilo, Torrado, Zavala, Guardado, Dos Santos, Jimenez, Hernandez… Subs: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Molina, Barrera, Reyna, De Nigris, Aquino, Meza, Herrera, Flores, Talavera.
    • 19:30 Played two. Lost two. The sad sight that greets fans of both Japan and Mexico as they glance over the Confederations Cup Group A table. But before their summer holidays can begin the two must wrestle to avoid the wooden spoon. Will it be Japan, whose lack of caution and defensive naivety helped spark this tournament into life, or Mexico, a nation desperately seeking form ahead of four crucial World Cup qualifiers next autumn, who come out on top? Welcome to LIVE coverage of tonight’s clash.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Ochoa booked for time wasting in the Mexican goal. One minute to go...
    • 90+2' SAVED! Down to Kawashima's left. The rebound falls back to Hernandez but he lashes it against the bar. Unbelievable. The stadium has exploded into life.
    • 90' Poor old Uchida. Own goal last match. This time out he's fouled Hernandez in the box... Penalty time. Hat-trick for the frontman?
    • 85' Kagawa plays a delicious ball out to the right. It's knocked back in by Endo and Ogazaki fires at goal. Tipped onto the bar by Ochoa! It bounces down, do we need the goalline technology? No, it's in! Comeback time...
    • 73' Dos Santos is at it again, cutting inside onto his left foot and unleashing an effort which Kawashima turns wide. Corner to Mexico.
    • 66' A corner is whipped into the danger zone, the keeper doesn't come, and there's Hernandez lurking at the back post to head home. 2-0. Pretty hopeless Japanese defending.
    • 61' Maeda works space on the edge of the Mexican area and drills an effort at goal. The Japanese fans scream as the net ripples, but it's side netting only.
    • 59' Dos Santos looks lively and breaks into the area sending a half volley crashing against the post via a save from Kawasima down to the keeper's left.
    • 54' Guardado delivers a peach of a cross onto the head of Hernandez who powers the ball into the net. Mexico have scored from open play at the Confederations Cup! 1-0.
    • 53' Jimenez heads straight at the keeper from the resulting corner. Kawashima flapped a bit at that. Nervous?
    • 52' Dos Santos cuts it on from the right wing and unleashes a fierce strike at goal. Headed behind.
    • 40' Guardado is free in the middle as the Japanese defence wanders aimlessly. He heads the ball past Kawashima but it strikes the inside of the post. Desperately unlucky for Mexico, but surely he had to score.
    • 38' Finally the referee gives in and awards a yellow card, Hiroki Sakai the man to receive the honour.
    • 25' Great interchange on the edge of the Mexico box between Kagawa, Endo and Honda with the latter forcing a good low save from Ochoa.
    • 9' Kagawa drops deep to spark a Japanese attack. Honda flicks the ball over his head in the box, chaos ensues and the Mexicans fail to clear. The resulting effort finds its way into the net but only via a deflection off a Japanese leg. Offside - no goal.
    • 4' Shinji Okazaki gets Japan going down the right before the ball is worked to namesake Shinji Kagawa. His shot is poked straight at the Mexican keeper. Chance.
    • 19:35 TEAMS – Japan: Kawashima, Kurihara, H.Sakai, Konno, Nagatomo, Endo, Hosogai, Honda, Kagawa, Okazaki, Maeda… Subs: Nishikawa, Inoha, G.Sakai, Uchida, Kiyotake, Havenaar, Nakamura, Inui, Takahashi, Yoshida, Gonda /// Mexico: Ochoa, Mier, Reyes, Moreno, Torres Nilo, Torrado, Zavala, Guardado, Dos Santos, Jimenez, Hernandez… Subs: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Molina, Barrera, Reyna, De Nigris, Aquino, Meza, Herrera, Flores, Talavera.

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    Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni

  • Mexico

    Manager: José Manuel de la Torre

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