Friday July 26, 2013 Friendlies Finished

Cerezo Osaka 2 - 2 Manchester United

  • Kagawa 54’
  • Zaha 90’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Cerezo Osaka
    • Manchester United
    • - So what do you think of Moyes?
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    • 90+2' A well-worked goal - and it sees the game end in a draw. Not vintage from United today, but some flashes of inspiration - and lapses in concentration.
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    • 90+1' GOAL FOR UNITED! ZAHA TAPS HOME! 2-2 to save United's bacon!
    • 90' Into injury time with United still losing - Moyes set to lose a third game from four in pre-season.
    • 89' Lindegaard deals with a dipping cross inside the six-yard box.
    • 88' Welbeck glances a header wide from an Evra cross.
    • 86' Lingard breaks free in the box - a defender has hold of his shorts but is not penalised - and sends his shot just wide of the far post.
    • 82' Zaha trying hard but running out of space as the hosts pack their defensive third.
    • 80' Fabio returns for his brother after playing on loan at QPR last season.
    • 78' Osaka change: RyĆ«ji Bando on for Kusukami.
    • 77' United changes: Jesse Lingard, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley and Fabio on for Giggs, Young, Buttner and Rafael .
    • 75' Zaha apologises for a slightly wayward pass. Quarter of an hour to go.
    • 74' Corner to the hosts. The attendance tonight is just under 49,000... this club plays in two stadiums, this one and a smaller one with a capacity around 20,000.
    • 73' Here are United's friendly results so far, and domestic fixtures at the start of the season. There are more friendlies to come against Kitchee FC and AIK Fotboll, while Ferdinand has a testimonial against Sevilla.
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    • 71' After a mid-half drinks break, the action will recommence shortly.
    • 69' United change: teenager Adnan Januzaj on for RVP.
    • 68' Sugimoto with a low strike from the left inside the box which United block at the near post. Corner and the tourists under pressure.
    • 67' WHAT A SAVE FROM LINDEGAARD! Maruhashi tries to replicate Osaka's second goal and the ball takes a deflection off Fabio before the Denmark keeper tips it round the top corner at full stretch!
    • 66' So what do you make of Kagawa? Do United need Fabregas?
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    • 63' TAKUMI MINAMINO WITH A SCORCHER FOR CEREZO OSAKA! 2-1! He cuts in from the left and pulls the trigger from outside the box, dipping the ball Cristiano Ronaldo-style into the far top corner!
    • 63' Zaha is operating on the right for United...
    • 62' Van Persie would like to get among the goals today. He looks a touch subdued at the moment, but that's probably the humidity getting to him.
    • 61' Brilliant skillz from Zaha to leave several defenders standing - and he fires across goal and just wide! That would have been some goal.
    • 60' Zaha links up with Fabio, who crosses low for Welbeck, but Kim claims. The England striker has been quiet in this half.
    • 59' Manchester United manager David Moyes has said the club have not given up hope of signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. But do they need him, with Kagawa pulling the strings?
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    • 58' United to make a change - and Kagawa it is who will be replaced. Wilfried Zaha on for him.
    • 56' United at least level in honourable fashion.
    • 54' GOAL FOR UNITED! AND IT'S KAGAWA! Giggs puts a square cross in from the left and the Japanese controls before firing home inside the near post. Lovely finish - 1-1.
    • 53' KAGAWA MISSES IT! Or to be precise, keeper Kim palmed it away at the foot of his left post. Justice - Young did his splayed-legs, Bambi-on-ice impression.
    • 52' Young races into the box past two players and could pull the trigger... AND DOWN HE GOES LIKE A SACK OF SPUDS! PENALTY GIVEN!
    • 51' Kagawa then just leaves the ball behind inside the box and looks to the sky in frustration. There seemed to be contact from a defender, but he wasn't claiming a penalty.
    • 50' Strike for goal from Sugimoto blocked inside the box. At the other end, Giggs almost gets in behind on the counter.
    • 49' United's official website informs me that: 'Cerezo' means 'cherry tree' in Spanish, cherry being the flower of Osaka city. I knew the first bit.
    • 48' Alexander Buttner with solid defending from left-back. Cagey start to the second period.
    • 46' Kagawa again links up with Van Persie, but the striker came back from a marginally offside position.
    • 46' Second half underway.
    • - United change at the break: Anderson on for Jones.
    • 45+1' And that is half-time - United a goal down after a Smalling howler. Former home boy Kagawa has been their best player while Van Persie and Welbeck have looked dangerous but lacked that cutting edge.
    • 45+1' As Bobby Charlton looks on, an extra minute is signalled by the fourth official.
    • 45' RVP to Welbeck on the left. He wins a corner after a lightning-quick turn. Young's corner is long and out for a goal-kick.
    • 44' Young to the feet of Welbeck, who spots a gap and shoots just past the far post with a grass-cutter.
    • 43' Still United come forward. Cerezo now just want to see this through to the break.
    • 42' Giggs now forces a block out of goalie Kim as United crank up the pressure ahead of half-time. A brilliant Cruyff turn-pass to the Welshman from Kagawa as the ball dropped set up the chance and excited the crowd.
    • 41' Young causing problems on the right again, going outside his man and crossing - earning a corner via a deflection.
    • 39' UNITED HIT THE POST! Welbeck with a lovely dummy to earn space down the near side and fire a strike off the foot of that post. The ball flies across goal and when it is delivered back in on the ground by Young, Kagawa is primed to score but fluffs his lines and skies it!
    • 36' The home team's coach, Brazilian Levi Culpi, has had three different stints in charge of Cerezo. He helped develop Kagawa as the duo helped Cerezo earn promotion to the J-League's top flight in 2010.
    • 35' Well well well - it goes from bad to worse for United in Japan. Moyes under pressure already? Or is that getting carried away?
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    • 34' GOAL FOR CEREZO OSAKA! Chris Smalling with a howler! He looks to play a pass out of defence and it is blocked by Sugimoto, who picks up the loose ball, finds a gap between defenders and fires a low strike inside the near post!
    • 33' Edno unleashes hell - well, maybe a little bit of purgatory - with a strike from 30 yards which flies well over.
    • 31' Ashley Young is expecting big things from Manchester United new-boy Wilfried Zaha.
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    • 30' Young fails to find a team-mate in the final third. United struggling to put a move together at the moment.
    • 29' A leggy-looking Rio Ferdinand gets the ball back to Lindegaard from the edge of the box on the stretch and the keeper clears.
    • 28' The home side is now on top and creating the chances. A goal cannot be far away for one of these teams.
    • 27' Another great chance for Cerezo! United's defence is exposed as the cross comes in and Brazilian striker Edno is all alone six yards out - but can only direct his header straight at Lindegaard! Kagawa gave the ball away at the start of the move.
    • 26' The ball drops to Kenyu Sugimoto inside the box and he bends his strike over! He should have done better.
    • 24' A drinks break midway through the half - it's like the 1994 World Cup all over again.
    • 22' Kagawa again to Van Persie on the left as Young makes a dummy run inside to create space – the cross is met by the diving head of Jones, but he directs it just over.
    • 20' Low, dangerous strike for goal from the hosts' Jumpei Kusukami, saved well by Lindegaard at the foot of his post.
    • 19' Van Persie was taken off as a precaution in Yokohama with a thigh strain while Michael Carrick (groin) has not been risked today. Expect many changes in the heat from Moyes.
    • 18' Cerezo Osaka have won four of their last six J-League games, including a 2-1 win over United's vanquishers the Marinos a fortnight ago, and are fifth in the domestic table.
    • 17' Moyes shouts to Welbeck and Kagawa: "Well done Danny, well done Shinji - keep it moving."
    • 15' Kim punches clear and Giggs looks for feet in the box, but the ball is cleared.
    • 14' United generally in control of the ball. Welbeck and RVP combine, with the latter executing a stunning flick between defenders to almost play in the advancing Giggs, as United win another corner.
    • 13' Kagawa the main man so far, as you might expect. Perhaps we will see him playing a key role this season under Moyes.
    • 12' Cerezo win a corner themselves, which comes to nothing. Cracking atmosphere inside this ground.
    • 11' The set-piece is cleared. Kagawa then finds Van Persie down the right channel - the striker seeks to dink the ball over Kim with his right foot, but the keeper makes a superb block then races to the byline to grab the ball.
    • 10' Kagawa is operating on the left, with Ashley Young on the right and Giggs sitting alongside Phil Jones. Young breaks into the box here and wins a corner with a cross.
    • 9' A strike from distance from Cerezo, well held by Lindegaard.
    • 8' The Red Devils' corporate fundraising requires Giggs and Van Persie to glug Japanese tomato juice in one of the most hilariously appalling commercials ever committed to video...
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    • 6' Kagawa rolls his foot over the ball and looks to slip in Van Persie, but Kim is out quickly to gather.
    • 5' Yusuke Maruhashi, wide left, fires a bouncing cross at the near post which Anders Lindegaard claims and prevents from going for a corner - just.
    • 4' Ryan Giggs in the corner wins a throw-in.
    • 3' David Moyes in a United training shirt on the touchline in the sweltering conditions, barking instructions.
    • 2' Kagawa played for Cerezo for four years before leaving for Dortmund in 2010, making 125 appearances and scoring 55 goals.
    • 1' Sloppy defending from the hosts allows Van Persie in straight away, but the Netherlands star's shot is blocked by home keeper Kim Jin-Hyeon.
    • 1' United get us underway in black changed kit, with the hosts in all white.
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    • - The stadium is absolutety packed in 30-degree heat with humidity in the 80s.
    • - Five minutes to kick-off. Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck start up front for the Red Devils, with Shinji Kagawa - who was given a rapturous reception inside the stadium in this, his homeland - behind them.
    • - Cerezo Osaka team: Kim; Sakemoto, Yamashita, Fujimoto, Maruhashi; Yokoyama, Kusukami, Fabio, Sugimoto, Minamino, Edno; Subs: Takeda, Tada, Moniwa, Araiba, Bando, Yoshino, Edamura, Kurogi, Akiyama, Kogure, Mukuhara
    • - United team: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Smalling, Buttner, Young, Jones, Giggs, Kagawa, van Persie, Welbeck; Subs: De Gea, Amos, Evra, Anderson, Fabio, Cleverly, Zaha, Lingard, Keane, Januzaj
    • - United paid the price for slack defending as Yokohama F Marinos beat them 3-2 on Tuesday.
    • - Welcome to coverage of Manchester United's latest friendly - against Cerezo Osaka at the Osaka Nagai Stadium in Japan. The match will get under way at 11am UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL FOR UNITED! ZAHA TAPS HOME! 2-2 to save United's bacon!
    • 67' WHAT A SAVE FROM LINDEGAARD! Maruhashi tries to replicate Osaka's second goal and the ball takes a deflection off Fabio before the Denmark keeper tips it round the top corner at full stretch!
    • 63' TAKUMI MINAMINO WITH A SCORCHER FOR CEREZO OSAKA! 2-1! He cuts in from the left and pulls the trigger from outside the box, dipping the ball Cristiano Ronaldo-style into the far top corner!
    • 61' Brilliant skillz from Zaha to leave several defenders standing - and he fires across goal and just wide! That would have been some goal.
    • 54' GOAL FOR UNITED! AND IT'S KAGAWA! Giggs puts a square cross in from the left and the Japanese controls before firing home inside the near post. Lovely finish - 1-1.
    • 53' KAGAWA MISSES IT! Or to be precise, keeper Kim palmed it away at the foot of his left post. Justice - Young did his splayed-legs, Bambi-on-ice impression.
    • 52' Young races into the box past two players and could pull the trigger... AND DOWN HE GOES LIKE A SACK OF SPUDS! PENALTY GIVEN!
    • 42' Giggs now forces a block out of goalie Kim as United crank up the pressure ahead of half-time. A brilliant Cruyff turn-pass to the Welshman from Kagawa as the ball dropped set up the chance and excited the crowd.
    • 39' UNITED HIT THE POST! Welbeck with a lovely dummy to earn space down the near side and fire a strike off the foot of that post. The ball flies across goal and when it is delivered back in on the ground by Young, Kagawa is primed to score but fluffs his lines and skies it!
    • 34' GOAL FOR CEREZO OSAKA! Chris Smalling with a howler! He looks to play a pass out of defence and it is blocked by Sugimoto, who picks up the loose ball, finds a gap between defenders and fires a low strike inside the near post!
    • 27' Another great chance for Cerezo! United's defence is exposed as the cross comes in and Brazilian striker Edno is all alone six yards out - but can only direct his header straight at Lindegaard! Kagawa gave the ball away at the start of the move.
    • 22' Kagawa again to Van Persie on the left as Young makes a dummy run inside to create space – the cross is met by the diving head of Jones, but he directs it just over.
    • 20' Low, dangerous strike for goal from the hosts' Jumpei Kusukami, saved well by Lindegaard at the foot of his post.
    • 14' United generally in control of the ball. Welbeck and RVP combine, with the latter executing a stunning flick between defenders to almost play in the advancing Giggs, as United win another corner.
    • 11' The set-piece is cleared. Kagawa then finds Van Persie down the right channel - the striker seeks to dink the ball over Kim with his right foot, but the keeper makes a superb block then races to the byline to grab the ball.
    • 1' Sloppy defending from the hosts allows Van Persie in straight away, but the Netherlands star's shot is blocked by home keeper Kim Jin-Hyeon.
    • - Cerezo Osaka team: Kim; Sakemoto, Yamashita, Fujimoto, Maruhashi; Yokoyama, Kusukami, Fabio, Sugimoto, Minamino, Edno; Subs: Takeda, Tada, Moniwa, Araiba, Bando, Yoshino, Edamura, Kurogi, Akiyama, Kogure, Mukuhara
    • - United team: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Smalling, Buttner, Young, Jones, Giggs, Kagawa, van Persie, Welbeck; Subs: De Gea, Amos, Evra, Anderson, Fabio, Cleverly, Zaha, Lingard, Keane, Januzaj

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