Okazaki goal lifts Japan over Argentina

Okazaki goal lifts Japan over Argentina

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Okazaki goal lifts Japan over Argentina

A month after routing defending World Cup champion Spain in a friendly, Argentina couldn't come up with the same kind of result against Japan Friday morning (U.S. time).

Shinji Okazaki pounced on a parried save by Argentine keeper Sergio Romero and slotted home the rebound in the 19th minute to lift the Samurai Blue to a 1-0 victory over a full-strength Argentina squad in Saitama, Japan.

The win was not only the first ever for Japan over Argentina, but it also marked a strong result in the debut for new Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

Here's Okazaki's goal, which came off a rebound from a 30-yard shot by Makoto Hasebe:

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