Japan beats Argentina 1-0 in exhibition for first win under new coach Alberto ZaccheroniBy AP
Friday, October 8, 2010
Japan beats Argentina for 1st time in exhibition
SAITAMA, Japan — Japan defeated Argentina for the first time in an exhibition, 1-0 Friday night for its first win under new coach Alberto Zaccheroni.
Shinji Okazaki scored in the 19th minute for Japan, which had been 0-6 against the Albiceleste.
Argentina was at full strength, with a lineup that included Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Diego Milito.
The 57-year-old Zaccheroni, a former coach AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, took over as Japan’s coach from Takeshi Okada following the nation’s second-round loss to Paraguay at the World Cup.
Interim Argentina coach Sergio Batista lost for the first time since replacing Diego Maradona following the World Cup.
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