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

in September.

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.