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July 26, 2013 11:00 AM BST
Thanks for joining Goal.com for our LIVE commentrary of Cerezo Osaka 2-2 Manchester United. I've been Tom J Doyle, that was a stunner, and stick with Goal for our imminent match report and more football news throughout the day. Enjoy your Fridays ladies and gents...
United had enough chances to win the game twice over, but a mistake from Chris Smalling cost them the first goal, which was finely finished by Sugimoto. Kagawa makes amends for missing a sitter and then a penalty by equalising, before Minamino wowed the crowd with a stunning effort. Zaha's equaliser was a fair reward for United, but Moyes will be concerned with laxe finishing and ponderous defending from his side.
What a game! As far as pre-season friendlies go, that was up there with the best of them. Cerezo Osaka thought they had a famous win in the bag, but new-boy Wilfried Zaha popped up with his first Manchester United goal to spoil their party and save David Moyes' blushes.
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Goal Wilfried Zaha
GOAL FOR ZAHA!!! Januzaj really does look like a fine player - he carries the ball forward in the ACM position and feeds a delightful pass through for Anderson, who selflessly rolls the ball across the box for Zaha to tap into an empty net at the death to make it 2-2...and that's it!
One minute left plus injury time - can United find an equaliser?
Cerezo now break forward and a cross is swung in, but Lindegaard shos safe hands to collect it. He's been in fine form today, and while he was a little flat-footed for the first goal, it's performances like these that will keep De Gea on his toes.
Welbeck flicks a header wide of goal, and the referee gives a corner for some reason...but it comes to nothing. United are really pressing now though.
So close for Lingard! The youngster turns cleverly in the box and fires across goal - the keeper is well beaten but it fizzes just wide of his right-hand post.
Ooh, good keeping from Jinhyeon again as he rushes out to collect the ball before it falls to the France left-back. If Cerezo do win today, his goalkeeping will have been a massive part of it.
Anderson wins a free kick and Januzah stands over the ball - Patrice Evra is free at the back post...
Cleverley finds Zaha with a fine cross-field pass, and the winger passes promisingly into the box - but no United player can control it to get a shot in. Frustrating for the visitors.
The youngsters are scheming for United, with Fabio, Jesse Lingard and Zaha combining to almost fashion a chance. Lingard has three goals on this tour already, and Moyes must be hoping for another right now.
Changes galore for both sides now - so many it's difficult to keep track of... just 10 minutes to go now and while United have played well, Moyes won't want more headlines about Manchester United losing yet again.
Substitution Alexander Büttner Patrice Evra
Substitution Ashley Young Anders Lindegaard
Substitution Ryan Giggs Tom Cleverley
Twins Basil! Fabio is getting ready to come on for United, but could it be for his brother Rafael? It would be the most like-for-like change Moyes could possibly make - expect in terms of talent...
Young gives the ball away in a dangerous position here and Cerezo can break away, but Buttner blocks the ball out for a corner to relieve the danger.
We're back underway - there seem like plenty of goals left in this one, so let's hope for a goal-glut late on.
DRINKS BREAK! And breathe... Zaha just beat his man again on the right and fizzed in a cross, but nobody was on hand to turn the ball in. Moyes will be pleased with his showing so far.
Substitution Robin van Persie Adnan Januzaj
The promising Adnan Januzaj is on for the visitors - can he conjure up anything to get his side level?
What a stop from Lindegaard! I said earlier that De Gea was a better shot-stopper, but any keeper would be happy with a stop like this - a deflected shot from outside the area looks to be curling over him nto the far corner, but he stretches out a glove behind his head to tip it wide. Brilliant keeping there.
So just as United look to take the initiative in the game, a wonder goal knocks the wind out of their sails. But Wilfried Zaha looks dangerous, and we still have 25 minutes to go...
Goal Takumi Minamino
WHAT A GOAL BY MINAMINO!!! The 18-year-old puts Cerezo 2-1 up with a superb strike into the top left-hand corner of Lindegaard's net from 22 yards. That really was a bullet of a shot, and he'll remember that one for the rest of his life.
So close from Zaha! This kid is going to be a special player for United. The former Crystal Palace star picks up the ball on the right wing and drives at goal - it looks as though he's lost it, but one flick and he's away from two defenders, but can only drive his shot narrowly wide of the far post. Exhilarating play there.
Substitution Shinji Kagawa Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha is coming on...and it's Kagawa who will depart. He gets a fantastic reception after that goal, and it's a job well done for everyone concerned.
The tannoy is playing 'Glory Glory Man United' as United celebrate - that's a bit odd, but considering the amount of United shirts in the crowd, it could well be a home game.
Goal Shinji Kagawa
KAGAWA SCORES!!! He missed the penalty moments ago but is finally, finally the hero as Giggs feeds in a low cross from the left to the front post. The midfielder controls the ball and fires low at goal through Jinhyeon's legs, to the relief and delight of every supporter in the ground.
SAVE BY JINHYEON!!! It really isn't Kagawa's day, is it? The keeper plunges low to his right and tips the penalty away...
PENALTY TO UNITED!!! And Kagawa will take it...
Lindegaard comes out and confidently claims a cross here - he may not be able to save quite like David de Gea, but he's got skills in the air.
Young breaks forward and feeds Kagawa through the middle, but the midfielder gets the ball stuck underneath his feet and then runs in to Giggs, and the chance goes begging.  The Japanese has 100 'Shinji Seats' at this stadium to give to underprivileged children for every Osaka home game - a brilliant gesture.
Cerezo may be halfway through their own season and six points behind the league leaders, but they want to win this game. More good build-up play sees Smalling having to get his head on a cross.
Substitution Phil Jones Anderson
We're back underway here, and United immediately threaten. Kagawa bustles through the middle and has Alexander Buttner completely free on his left, but the midfielder opts to play the ball to an offisde Van Persie - poor decision, but encouraging for the visitors.
The players are back on the pitch, and Phil Jones (who took a knock in the first half) will be replaced by Anderson. The Brazilian is another player who really needs to impress Moyes, so let's see what he can do...
It's been a great half of football, but a real Jekyll & Hyde case for Shinji Kagawa. The 24-year-old has played a number of lovely passes, but has also missed a sitter - can he make amends in the next 45 minutes?
HALF-TIME: And that will be that for the first half, with Cerezo Osaka leading Manchester United 1-0. The Premier League champions have had the better of the chances, but a bad Chris Smalling error let in Kenyu Sugimoto to open the scoring, and goalkeeper Jinhyeon has brilliantly denied Robin van Persie on two occasions. More of the same please...
Welbeck goes close again! Now Ashley Young and Welbeck link up, with the young England forward driving a low shot across goal from 22 yards that goes just wide of Jinhyeong's right-hand post.
Great stop from Jinhyeon! Kagawa sets up Giggs on a slaloming run with a loively flick, and the 39-year-old tries to whip the ball into the far corner with his right boot - but the keeper again denies United, flinging himself to his left to keep the ball out.
KAGAWA SKIES A SITTER! First Welbeck does brilliantly to turn and smash a shot against the post from 20 yards. THe ball rebounds across goal and Van Persie looks like he's going to shoot into an empty net from an acute angle, but he pulls the ball back for an unmarked Kagawa, who manages to scuff the ball over from eight yards. What a miss!
Cerezo win a corner, and Kagawa does well to win a free kick after dancing around with the ball outside his own area. Clever play from the midfielder as there was nowhere to go and no options for him.
What a great block that is! Kagawa plays a gorgeous ball over the top for Danny Welbeck, and the ball looks to be falling for the forward to finish on the volley - but a Cerezo defender stretches and blocks the ball in the air, which falls back to a grateful keeper. Top stuff.
Goal Kenyu Sugimoto
GOAL FOR CEREZO! It's a shocker for Chris Smalling as he dallies on the ball at the back and is closed down. The ball falls to Sugimoto, who twists and turns the defender before fooling a static Lindegaard with a shot across his body from 12 yards, and the hosts lead!
Sakemoto waits for a ball to reach him on the bounce... but he's too small and it brushes off the top of his head and out for a throw. He laughs it off though - that's good to see.
It may only be a friendly, but Cerezo look like they really want to win this one. It's a proper test for United's defenders as they've having to constantly track runs off the ball - Moyes will be pleased with this workout.
Cerezo almost take the lead! A header is powered in, and either side of Lindegaard would have seen the hosts take the lead. Moments later Kagawa of all people gives it away, but Phil Jones nips in to prevent the counter-attack.
We're back underway again as the players are suitably hydrated - let's hope the second half of the first half is good as, er, the first half of the first half. Or something.
The referee blows his whislte...and we're having a drinks break. It really must be hot out there.
GREAT SAVES BY LINDEGAARD! Kusukami takes aim from 20 yards and fizzes in a low effort at the Dane's near post, with the keeper getting down well to tip it wide for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Lindegaard again gets down well to hold onto a deflected header and puffs out his cheeks. The boy done good.
There's not too much happening at the moment as conditions are hot, but it's been an enjoyable opening...
It's impossible to ignore the clamour for Kagawa today, but it could be a genuinely important game for the Japanses playmaker today. Moyes recently said Sir Alex Ferguson gave the player his backing, but this is a chance to stake a claim for a regular role in the side in his preferred position.
United are hungry for a goal here, with Giggs and Van Persie combining beautifully with flicked passes to win another corner - but it comes to nothing.
VAN PERSIE MISSES ANOTHER ONE-ON-ONE! Kagawa slotted the striker through on the right of the box, and the striker looked to chip the keeper as Jinhyeon rushed out - but the keeper stood tall enough to get a save in and retrieve the ball. A top stop there, but United should be ahead by now.
No - Smalling gets his head to the ball but there's enough defenders to clear, and Young handlles the ball.
Good build-up play from United results in Ashley Young winning a corner from a deflected cross - can United open the scoring...
It's a nice strike from 25 yards from a Cerezo player which Lindegaard does well to hold on to as it swerves in the air - the home side are moving the ball about very confidently.
It'll be interesting to see if Moyes allows Kagawa the freedom of the centre of the pitch when the season kicks off proper, or whether he'll be shifted out to the left to accommodate Wayne Rooney - providing the England striker doesn't leave the club. The majority of the fans in the ground will hope it's the former option.
Ooh, close for United here as Kagawa looks to slot Van Persie through in the centre, but there's just too much on the pass and Jinhyeon is out quickly to gather the ball.
It's not all United so far though, as Sugimoto looks very shap down the left wing as he swings in a low cross which Anders Lindegaard just keep in play. Rafael could have his work cut out today.
Giggs is looking sprightly as he chases a great ball from Van Persie down the left wing to the delight of the home crowd - he's still got it...
Robin Van Persie misses a great chance! Ryan Giggs floats a hopeful ball through the middle which the Cerezo centre-backs make a mess of, but the Dutch striker can only finish against the feet of goalkeeper Jinhyeon when clean through from 12 yards out.
And we're underway!
Cerezo Osaka bench: Takeda, Tada, Moniwa, Araiba, Bando, Yoshino, Edamura, Kurogi, Akiyama, Kogure, Mukuhara
Cerezo Osaka Starting XI: Jinhyeon, Sakemoto, Fujimoto, Yama, Maruhashi, Yokoyama, Kusukami, Fabio, Sugimoto, Minamino, Edno.
The undoubted star of today's game will be Shinji Kagawa - he's had a brilliant reception so far today at his former club, and if he gets himself on the scoresheet, expect the Osaka Nagai Stadium to go wild.
The teams are in the tunnel and United are wearing their brand spanking new away kit - people seem to be torn between whether it's a nice shirt, or whether it's a rather fetching kitchen tablecloth. It's anybody's call really...
Manchester United bench: De Gea, Amos, Evra, Fabio, M Keane, Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley, Zaha, Lingard, Januzaj.
Manchester United Starting XI: Lindegaard; Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Buttner; Giggs, Jones; Welbeck, Kagawa, Young; van Persie.
Good morning and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of Cerezo Osaka vs Manchester United. I'm Tom J Doyle, and I'll be guiding you through the latest pre-season game for the Premier League champions. David Moyes has had a somewhat bumpy start to life at Old Trafford having lost two out of three friendlies so far, so he'll want a confident victory today. Team news to follow...
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