A fairly quiet day at the office for the Japanese goalkeeper. Made a couple decent saves late in the game to preserve the win.
Got forward expertly in the first half, often creating numerical advantage on the right hand side. Had a sharp game defensively. Came off at halftime.
Beaten in the air on a few occasions, but otherwise, didn't have too much to do on the night.
Very comfortable in possession. Played the ball well out of the back. Coped well with Canada's offensive threats.
Took the place of Yuto Nagatomo on the left hand side from the start. Got forward superbly well, helped create many chances and nearly scored one himself in the second half.
Did a lot of Japan’s grunt work in midfield. Brought balance to the side. Rarely gave up possession.
Scored the opening goal of the game with a brilliant chip shot over Borjan. Came off at halftime.
Made some very good runs from deep positions. Often proved to be a handful for the Canadian defense. Came off early in the second half.
The veteran midfielder was at the heart of most of Japan’s dangerous attacking plays. Was unlucky not the score in the first half when his free kick struck the post.
Started as the loan striker for the Samurai. Combined quite well with his teammates behind him, but was fairly invisible otherwise. Subbed off at halftime.
For a player of his caliber, the Manchester United midfielder had a rather disappointing game. Didn’t exert his influence on the match.
Came on in the second half and gave a different physical dimension to Japan’s attack. Scored the winning goal in the 74th minute.
Was kept busy throughout the game, had several shaky moments.
One of the better performers defensively, made some important last ditch challenges.
Misplaced several balls in dangerous areas and caught out of position on numerous occasions. Not a game the DC United man will want to remember. Luckily it only finished 2-1. Could have been worse.
A quiet performance from the 31-year-old. Was left defending for the most of the game. Probably still has that afternoon in Honduras on his mind.
Had a few good moments on the counter attack in the first half, but had a hard time defending 1v1 situations. Was beaten on several occasions. Taken off in early in the second half.
Really tried to aggressively get forward, but was beaten far too often defensively. Caught out of position several times. Taken off early in the second half.
Not as aggressive in midfield as he usually is. Didn't have an impact on the game. Gave up possession far too often.
Tried to get Canada going offensively, but was generally alone in doing so. Came close to scoring in the second half with a good strike from distance.
The 22-year-old looked completely out of place in the game. Barely put a foot right. Subbed off early in the second half.
Its not easy to play up top on your own when you don’t have much service, but he worked hard and put the game within reach in the second half.
One of Canada's more lively performers. Had some good runs at the Japanese defense, especially in the second half.
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