Shinji Kagawa put Japan 2-0 up against Italy last night in the Confederations Cup before his country went on to lose 4-3.
“At 2-0 up we felt there were some chances for us but it was psychologically hard for us,” he said. “Finally we had the late blow of their winner and so we are sad. But Italy seized the chances they had and that was the difference. For my goal I swivelled and hit it with my left foot. I was in the right place and I was in luck to score.”
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