Premier League
EPL Home
Football League
World Cup 2014
Euro Football Home
Russian Premier
Ligue 1
La Liga
Football Italiano
International Home
World Cup 2010
Euro 2012 Stadiums
Euro 2012
Denmark 2011
AFCON 2013
About Us
Write for us
Contact Us

Honda frustrated by Japan draw

Bookmark and Share

By Stephen Donovan

Friday 20 June 2014

Japan forward Keisuke Honda has told of his frustration at his side’s failure to defeat Greece in their second World Cup C match on Thursday evening, the Express and Star has reported.

Keisuke Honda

With both sides having lost their opening games, there was plenty of caution on display at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, but the game appeared to swing in Japan’s favour on 38 minutes when Greece captain Kostas Katsouranis was sent off after receiving yellow cards for two rash challenges.

Despite their one-man advantage, Japan found it difficult to breach an organised Greek defence, with Yoshito Okubo firing high over the crossbar from close range with their best chance, following Atsuto Uchida’s pinpoint cross to the far post.

The result left Japan needing to beat already-qualified Colombia in their final group match, of they are to have any chance of making it through to the knockout stages, and Honda has set his sights on winning that encounter in Cuiaba. He said: "Even though Colombia have already qualified, for us the game will be like a final and we'll be playing for our lives.

"I think that today (Thursday) we made plenty of chances, enough to have scored a goal and taken all three points, which would have left us in a better situation. But unfortunately we fell a touch short with our finishing. We now need to iron out those flaws in our next game and pick up what would be a very important win."

View the latest World Cup 2014 odds and betting here

Related Articles


Everton ask Real Madrid for forward Jese


Former Portugal star Figo enters race for FIFA presidency


Looking for a job in football? Submit your CV now


FIFA hopeful Ginola wants combined World Cups


Everton boss Martinez wants Barkley left out of England Under-21s


Get your Premier League tickets with World Ticket Shop


Ginola: Football needs refreshing





Email Address *


Please enter code on left.

Terms & Conditions

* A valid email is required to submit a comment. Your email will not be displayed on this or any other website, nor will it be passed to any 3rd parties. For more information please see the terms and conditions.


No Comments have been posted yet




Premier League Football News

ArsenalAston VillaChelseaEvertonFulhamLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UtdNewcastle UtdNorwich City
ReadingQueens Park RangersSouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandSwansea CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest HamWigan Athletic






Follow us...



Kick Football News