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VIDEO: Kagawa’s goal against Italy

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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  1. Mikael says:

    Brilliant turn, great finish. Kagawabunga!!

  2. The One says:

    He was already quite influential for us last season….expecting him to be really effective and influential for us next season. If we can get Thiago into our midfield, I’m certain we’ll retain the title and progress further in the Champions League. Thiago, come on, join the greatest club on the planet!!

  3. robin van gora says:

    his goal wasnt as impressive as his perfomance. He was simply outstanding. He needs to play more. The italians couldnt get anywhere near him

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Kagawa was very impressive v Italy. Harsh to loose and the referee has to look at himself for awarding Italy a very very soft pen. Good game. 7 goals, Japan had Italy on the back foot for very long spells.

    Italy played 10 behind the ball for large stretches, but were lethal on their breaks.

    Impressed with Kags and Japan.

    In the other game, was disappointed again with Brazil. They are missing something on defense,
    name is Rafael ;)

  5. LoneStarRed says:

    Outstanding presence of mind. Also, one very encouraging thing I saw was how he absorbed the impact from the Italian player and was still able to locate and lash the ball into the net. In other words he has toughened up physically and is better suited for EPL physicality/dirty play now.


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