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  • March 22, 2013
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Khalifa International Stadium, ad-Dōha (Doha)
  • Referee: Khamis Mohamed Al Kuwari
  • • Attendance: 4500

Live Commentary

  • Anyway, that's it for me. Thanks for joining our live commentary. Once again, I'm Rudi Schuller and I can be reasched via Twitter @RudiSchuller. Good afternoon, Canada.
  • Japan was full value for the win, and could have opened things up if not for some poor finishing and bad luck in the first half.
  • Yup, that's it! The ref blows the final whistle and Japan prevails 2-1. A nervy, sloppy first half by Canada was negated by a fine, gutsy second 45 for the underdogs.
  • 90' + 3'
    Kagawa earns a corner after booting the ball off Jakovic. This one looks just about done.
  • 90' + 1'
    Borjan with a brave slide outside his area leads to him getting possession from an onrushing Japanese attacker.
  • 90'
    Into injury time now. Canada still throwing bodies forward.
  • 88'
    Not much time left in this one, but canada is definitely keeping itself in it.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionDavid Edgar Issey Nakajima-Farran
  • 85'
    SubstitutionJulian De Guzman Simeon Jackson
  • 83'
    SubstitutionGotoku Sakai Hiroki Sakai
  • 83'
    Hutchinson turns on the afterburners to get down the wing. His close range shot is parried away by the Japanese keeper, and Ricketts' rebound effort is also handled well. No settling for the result from Canada, it seems.
  • 80'
    Hutchinson collects the ball at 40 yards, runs towards the Japan goal, side-steps a defender and basts a low drive that gets tipped just wide. Positive from Canada there.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionRandy Edwini-Bonsu Tosaint Ricketts
  • 75'
    That said, Japan parlayed a good spell of possession in the final third to get Havenaar iunto goalscoring position.
  • 75'
    It must be said that the second Japanese goal was very unlike the techincal Asian side. More scrappy finishing in a crowd than anything else.
  • 74'
    Goal Mike Havenaar
  • 74'
    And just like that Japan kicks it into another gear to score the goal ahead goal.Substitute Havenaar gets the tally, after a couple of near-chances earlier on.
  • 72'
    Canada camped out in the Japanese half over the past several minutes. Not too dangerous, mind you.
  • 68'
    Edwini-Bonsu with a confident run down the near touchline. His cross is dealt with, but the young Canadian is growing in confidence as the game goes on.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionKyle Bekker Stefan Cebara
  • 66'
    Japan with a lot more intent in the past few moments. Not surprising given the 1-1 scoreline.
  • 65'
    Sakai rounds Borjan at the edge of the Canadian area, but the shot hits side netting. The Canada goalkeeper is not having his best night out there.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionTakashi Inui Yuki Otsu
  • 62'
    Edwini-Bonsu with a great darting run down the middle before unleashing a left-footer that the Japanese keeper bobbled before smothering. Canada with more confidence now.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionMasahiko Inoha Yuzo Kurihara
  • 58'
    Assist Will Johnson
  • 58'
    Goal Marcus Haber
  • 58'
    GOAL! Marcus Haber nods in a corner from Will Johnson to put Canada on level terms.
  • 54'
    SubstitutionNikolas Ledgerwood Andre Hainault
  • 53'
    Look like Andre Hainault is set to enter the match for Canada.
  • 52'
    Kagawa gets himself some space from 25 yards and lets loose a screamer that goes just wide. Back and forth opening moments in the second half, so far.
  • 51'
    Haber puts the ball into the Japanese goal, but the ref blew the play dead as he felt that Haber was overly physical in obtaining possession.
  • 50'
    Havenaar gets another chance, collecting a ball in close. His turn and shot doesn't threaten Borjan.
  • 48'
    Mike Havenaar goes through alone on Borjan, but the Japanese player chips it well wide of goal. poor finish, there.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAtsuto Uchida Yuichi Komano
  • 46'
    SubstitutionRyoichi Maeda Mike Havenaar
  • 46'
    SubstitutionShinji Okazaki Kengo Nakamura
  • 46'
    And we're back in action.
  • Japan appears to be making a bunch of changes, though.
  • Players are filing back on to the field. Doesn't appear to be any subs for Canada at the moment.
  • Canada's having a bit of a howler at the back, including Borjan who seems very unsure. That said, Hutchinson and Edwini-Bonsu have looked positive going forward, although it's not enough against a classy side like the Japanese.
  • The ref blows the halftime whistle, asnd Japan has a deserved lead over Canada. Could have been more than 1-0, to be honest.
  • 43'
    David Edgar with a nice sliding clearance prevents a surefire chance for Japan, The ensuing corner kick is harmless.
  • 39'
    JUST OVER! Will Johnson grabs hold of possession just outside the Japanese 18 yard box, and he unleashes a knuckler that goes just high.
  • 36'
    Canada again with increasing possession in non-dangerous areas. Japan content to stick to a pre-conceived plan here, it seems.
  • 30'
    Canada with a half chance as Haber just can't get his head on a lovely ball sent into the Japanese area following a nice interchange between Edwini-Bonsu and Hutchinson.
  • 25'
    Japan's short passing is a thing of beauty. The Asian side continually plays its way out of the back with no lack of confidence.
  • 20'
    Wow. A Japanese free kick from 25 yards hits the crossbar and bounces off Borjan for a corner kick.
  • 18'
    Hutchinson gets a shot off that's blocked by a defender. Canada appeals for a handball in the box, but the referee has none of it.
  • 13'
    Japan now showing its class, and it almost scores AGAIN following some pentrating short passes that found a forward alone in the six-yard box. The effort goes over the bar, however.
  • 12'
    Canada gets down the field nearly fools the Japanese keeper with a lobbed effort. The ensuing Canadian corner results in little.
  • 11'
    Japan nearly doubled its lead in short order, if not for some quick hands by Borjan to stop a point-blank shot.
  • 9'
    Goal Shinji Okazaki
  • 9'
    GOAL! Just like that Japan pounces on a weakness in the Canadian backline. A through ball put a Japanese forward alone on goal, but Borjan charged out to clear. His clearance fell straight to Okazaki, who took a step around a lunging Canuck defender and chipped into the open goal.
  • 7'
    Edwini-Bonsu with a nice turn and run into the Japan area, but the ball gets away from him amid a trio of defenders.
  • 6'
    Canada with all the possession so far. Not exactly what was expected in this match, but Japan looks content to sit back and wait.
  • 4'
    Canada looking to force its way into the Japanese end, but neither side showing much penetration in the early going.
  • 1'
    And we're underway!
  • Small crowd in Doha, but it's making itself heard.
  • The FIFA anthem is over, players are lined up on the field. Now on to the national anthems.
  • Julian de Guzman is serving as Canadian captain for this one.
  • The re-building Canada side has put together a starting XI that is a bit unexpected given the squad available, but testing out players is the name of the game for the Canadians as it looks ahead to the Gold Cup later this summer.
  • The Japanese are just days away from a win-and-they're-in World Cup Qualifying match vs. Jordan, and they've put forth a very strong squad against the Canadians in this one. Of course, Jaspan is headlined by Manchester United star Kagawa.
  • Canada - Borjan; Ledgerwood, Edgar, Hainault, De Jong; De Guzman (c), Johnson; Bekker, Hutchinson, Edwini-Bonsu; Haber.
  • Japan - Kawashima; Inoha, Uchida, Yoshida, Sakai, Endo, Hasebe, Maeda, Okazaki, Inui, Kagawa.
  • Okay, let's get to the starting lineups...
  • This match will take place in Doha, Qatar, which seems eager to host as many internationals as possible in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup. From what I've seen, the facilities available to both teams this week have been top-notch.
  • Canada and Japan have met only once before, back in the 2001 Confederations Cup. The Japanese romped to a 3-0 victory on that day, and some are expecting a similar scoreline in this one.
  • Good morning/afternoon and welcome to's live play-by-play commentary of Japan vs. Canada. I'm Rudi Schuller, and you can follow me on Twitter: @RudiSchuller