Soccer: Japan draw with Cameroon in 1st match of 2020

Japan lacked a finishing touch as they settled for a scoreless draw with Cameroon on Friday in the first match of the year for manager Hajime Moriyasu’s Samurai Blue.The game was not only Japan’s first in a year disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, but also the first made up entirely of overseas-based players — since players returning to their J-League teams would be required to quarantine for two weeks.Japan created numerous chances, particularly on the right wing through second-half substitute Junya Ito, but were unable to unhinge a Cameroon squad that defended in depth.The 27-year-…

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