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By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Aguirre: Australia win perfect preparation

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre congratulated his players on a job well done, after the Asian champions beat Australia 2-1 on Tuesday in Osaka.

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By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Postecoglu: Set-pieces let us down

An inability to match Japan at set-pieces was the key factor in Australia's 2-1 friendly defeat in Osaka on Tuesday, according to head coach Angelos Postecoglou.

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By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

WATCH: nutmeg to back-heel finish

Japan's Masato Morishige hooked up with Shinji Okazaki for a beautiful goal against Australia.

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By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Highlights: Japan 2-1 Australia

Tim Cahill's stoppage-time goal was not enough for Australia to overcome the 2-goal deficit to Japan which included a brilliant back-heel goal from Shinji Okazaki.

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2 days ago

Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki strike as Japan defeat Australia

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Shinji Okazaki is in the best form among Japan's players heading into the World Cup.
Shinji Okazaki scored he second goal for Japan as they saw off Australia.

OSAKA -- Japan sounded a warning ahead of their defence of the Asian Cup with a 2-1 friendly win over Australia on Tuesday.

Javier Aguirre's team, brimming with confidence after a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras last Friday, defend the trophy in Australia in January.

Second-half goals by substitute Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki earned Japan their victory, with Tim Cahill's last-minute header a scant consolation for the visitors.

Konno headed in at the far post after 61 minutes after the Australia...