Japan 1-0 Palestine: U-23 champions kick off with win!


AFC U-23 Champions Japan kicked off their title defence on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Palestine in Group B. Japan's quality told early on as Inoue Shion struck the crossbar from distance after a slight mix-up between the Palestine keeper and his defenders. Ko Itakura would punish the Palestinians in the 20th minute with a fine low finish from outside the box after playing a neat one-two with a team-mate. Chances were few and far between in the second half but it was Palestine who almost snatched a draw in the 85th minute when Mahmoud Yousef broke the offside trap - but he fired into the side netting.

Other Videos

Thanks for the gift: Watch defender and keeper make a complete mess of things! - A shocking mistake by Palermo defender Michel Morganella and goalkeeper Josip Posavec against Sassuolo prove not all Italian defences are impenetrable.

FT_HIGHLIGHTS: FT_HIGHLIGHTS

Match Highlights: Genoa 1 - 2 Atalanta

Match Highlights: Chelsea 1 - 2 Liverpool

Al Jazira 1-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo & Bale help world champs scrape by