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:
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.