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Shinji Kagawa, Yasuhito Endo and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat an experimental Ghana side 3-1 in a friendly on Tuesday.
Asamoah Gyan and Michael Essien were among 10 top players dropped from the Ghana squad for the match at Yokohama International Stadium.
Kevin-Prince Boateng also didn't make the trip for Ghana, which beat Zambia 2-1 on Friday to secure one of seven remaining places in Africa's final playoffs for the World Cup.
Frank Acheampong put Ghana on the scoresheet in the 24th minute on a left-footed effort that deflected off a defender and beat Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
Midfielder Kagawa equalized in the 50th minute and Endo and Honda widened the lead for Japan, which has already qualified for the World Cup.
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Japan star Keisuke Honda is fighting to win the infamous award of the miss-of-the season after fluffing an open goal from six yards out during their friendly against Ghana on Tuesday.
The Russia-based midfielder got himself into contention for the unwanted award after skying an effort over the bar from six yards out during the game in Yokohama.
The chance came in the 28th minute...
Quick adjustments: Japan’s Keisuke Honda tries to move the ball past Ghana’s Christian Atsu (7) and Harrison Afful during the first half of Tuesday’s match. Honda scored Japan’s third goal in the 72nd minute.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says Japan is one of the countries to look out for going into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after dominating the Black Stars in a friendly on...
Asamoah Gyan and Christopher Katongo
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has lauded Zambia for their style of play despite beating the Chipolopolo 2-1 last Friday in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
The Al Ain striker passed a late fitness test to play 80 minutes as the Black Stars qualified to the final qualifying round.
But victory did not come on the cheap for the 2010 World Cup quarter...
Asamoah Gyan said he had to ‘sacrifice’ against Zambia on Friday.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has admitted he was second best in Friday’s 2-1 win over Zambia in final Group D World Cup qualifier.
The Al Ain ace was an injury doubt three days to the match after he limped out of training due to thigh pains.
He had to past a late fitness test to lead the Black Stars at the Baba...
Honda Keisuke’s bicycle kick was saved by goalkeeper Razak Braimah
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah was delighted with the performance of his players despite their 3-1 friendly defeat to Japan on Tuesday.
The Black Stars allowed the Blues Samurai to come from behind to win the match in Yokohama 3-1 after Frank Acheampong gave the visitors the lead.
The West Africans played without several...
Japan’s Keisuke Honda tries to move the ball past Ghana’s Christian Atsu (7) and Harrison Afful during the first half of Tuesday’s match. Honda scored Japan’s third goal in the 72nd minute
Watch the full first half of Ghana’s international friendly against Japan in which they lost 3-1 in Yokohama on Tuesday.
Asamoah Gyan talked Andre Ayew into returning to the Black Stars
Andre Ayew has revealed how phone calls from Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan convinced him into returning to the Black Stars.
The Olympique Marseille disclosed to the media frantic efforts made by the Al Ain ace to have him return to the national team on the eve of Ghana’s 2-1 win over Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers...
Frank Acheampong scored for the Black Stars.
Watch how an under-strength Ghana side side lost 3-1 to Japan in a friendly on Tuesday night in Yokohama.
Frank Acheampong opened the scoring for the Black Stars with a deflected shot on 24 minutes.
But the Samurai Blue responded in the second half with goals from Shinji Kagawa, Yashuito Endo and Keisuke Honda
Watch all the goals in Ghana’s...
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is expecting his squad to stand up against Japan in Tuesday’s friendly despite missing several key players.
The Black Stars are without some high-profile players like Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew.
Ghana’s last meeting against Japan four years ago ended in a 4-3 defeat.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says the individual brilliance of some of his players helped his side to secure the comeback victory against Ghana in an international friendly on Tuesday.
Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa sparked the second-half fightback as the Blue Samurai came from a goal behind to beat Ghana 3-1 in the game in played at the Yokohama International...
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah wants to use Tuesday’s friendly against Japan to sharpen his side arsenals for next month’s World Cup play-offs.
Appiah is using an under-strength Black Stars squad to face the Blue Samurai who have already qualified to Brazil 2014.
Key players Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew have been excused...
Black Stars in training
The Black Stars have held their first training session in Yokohama ahead of Tuesday’s exhibition match against Japan.
The team arrived in the Asian country in the early hours of Sunday after defeating Zambia 2-1 in final Group D World Cup qualifier.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah dropped his top stars – Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and...
Black Stars in training
Ghana held their final training session on Monday night ahead of their international friendly against Japan.
The team at at the Mitsuzawa Playing Field with every player taking active part.
Midfielder Mohammed Rabiu trained with the group after doing low runs on Sunday.
The Black Stars arrived in the Asian country in the early hours of Sunday after defeating...
Ghana defender John Boye will captain the Black Stars on Tuesday when they take on Japan in Tuesday’s friendly in Yokohama.
The France-based centre-back has been chosen by coach Kwesi Appiah to lead the West Africans at the 70,000 capacity Yokohama International Stadium.
Boye, who has got strong leadership and organisational qualities, has been chosen to lead his country...