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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Japan 5-0 Togo - Okazaki Grabs Three (Again)

BarryBarry writes:

In the final match of 2009's Kirin Challenge Cup series, Japan walked all over Togo in one of the most one-sided international games I've seen for a long time. The final score of five to nothing could easily have been seven or eight. From an S-Pulse fan's point of view, the news of the night came as Okazaki scored a second hattrick in two games. After being rested for the 2-0 defeat of Scotland on Saturday, Okachan roared back into the national team and took his international tally up to fourteen.

All three goals had his own unique Okachan mark stamped all over them, with the second especially a finish of pure class:



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With Shinji in such pulsating form, I'm hoping he can get another couple next Sunday away at Oita to keep our title push on track.

7 comments:

Fuz said...

Was it strictly necessary to mention the Scotland score?

I liked Oka-chan number three myself...

Fuz said...

Also, "Get the Goal" seems to have become a national team song...

Barry said...

The header was quality too, hey. Half his goals this year must have come from his head.

And yeah, I had a huge grin on my face hearing fans of all teams singing Get the Goal for our Okachan. I bet the Hong Kong game being at Nihondaira played no small part in making sure that chant caught on. :)

z3phyr said...

does anyone else feel miffed that among the goalscorers, only 1 wasn't interviewed and that was the top scorer for the day?

Barry said...

There certainly seemed a lot more hype around Morimoto than anyone else. His one goal got a lot more attention than the fact Okazaki got six in less than two games.

z3phyr said...

somehow, i feel that the coach is not looking at Okazaki as his number 1 forward reason being that he was used against lesser opposition (Hong Kong and Togo) instead of Scotland. I could be wrong, but we shall see where it goes from here. On another note, I just imported my first ever Shimizu S-Pulse jersey today. :D

Barry said...

Actually, I think the team they put out against Scotland was the weaker of the three. I think Okazaki will be very unlucky to not be named in the World Cup squad later in the year, and I think he'll be an important starting member once there.

Good news on the S-Pulse shirt! I know it's not always easy buying from abroad. Knowing that the bright orange is being worn all around the world is awesome. :)