Czech Republic, Japan finish 0-0 in Kirin Cup
Goalkeeper Petr Cech made several key saves for the Czech
Republic to play out a goalless draw with Japan in the final game
of the Kirin Cup.
Japan had the better of the chances at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday
but Cech kept the hosts off the scoresheet for his second clean
sheet of the tournament. The Czech Republic and Peru also finished
goalless on Saturday.
Japan almost broke through in the 77th minute when Shinji
Okazaki got behind the Czech defense but Cech dived to his right to
stop Okazaki’s header.
Cech was also called on in the 35th minute when he deflected
Yasuhito Endo’s free kick over the crossbar.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni was using the match as a warmup
for his team’s qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup beginning
The Czech team, which came to Japan without injured captain
Tomas Rosicky and key striker Milan Baros, created few scoring
chances and rarely tested Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima.
Japan and Peru also finished goalless in the opening match. It
was the first time in the 32-year history of the Kirin Cup that all
three matches finished 0-0.