Nosworthy own goal gifts Japan 1-0 win
NIIGATA, Japan (AP):
A 16th-minute own goal by Nyron Nosworthy allowed Japan to beat Jamaica 1-0 in a friendly yesterday and give Javier Aguirre his first win as coach.
Jamaica were guilty of poor defending from the outset, and Nosworthy deflected the ball into his own net in the 16th minute before a crowd of 39,628 at Big Swan Stadium.
In his first two games in charge last month, Aguirre lost 2-0 to Uruguay and drew 2-2 with Venezuela. The Asian champion departs on Saturday for Singapore, where they will play Brazil on Tuesday.
Keisuke Honda came close to making it 2-0 with a shot off the crossbar in the 33rd. Jamaica also got a glorious chance late in the game. A bad back pass found Darren Mattocks who got a clear run on goal, but the Japanese defence recovered quickly to rob him of the ball.
Cardel Benbow, 19, came on in the 75th minute to make his senior debut for the Reggae Boyz.
Shinji Kagawa, in his first appearance for Aguirre, played deeper in midfield than he does for his Dortmund club, and helped to create chances.
Meanwhile, an injured Kagawa will not travel to Singapore after showing symptoms of a concussion, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said following yesterday's win over Jamaica.
The JFA said Kagawa was hit in the jaw during the first half and bled from his mouth, but stayed in the game until the 90th minute. He started feeling dizzy after the game and was taken to hospital for tests.
Jamaica team: Ryan Thompson (GK); Wes Morgan, Nyron Nosworthy, Jermaine Taylor, Alvas Powell, Kemar Lawrence; Nicholy Finlayson (64th min. Hughan Grey), Joel Grant, Je-Vaughn Watson, Dane Richards (Michael Seaton 46th), Jamar Loza (Darren Mattocks 46th).