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Men’s Four Nations – New Zealand 3 Japan 4

Yoshihiro Anai celebrates Japan's fourth goalFour first-half goals from Japan blew away New Zealand in the men’s Four Nations invitational at Nottingham on Wednesday.
Japan always looked the most inventive and creative side in the opening half in which the highlight was a fine individual goal by Kenji Kitazato who carried the ball from the half way line and netted a powerful reverse-stick strike past Hamish McGregor in the Kiwi net.

Yoshihiro Anai celebrates Japan's fourth goalFour first-half goals from Japan blew away New Zealand in the men’s Four Nations invitational at Nottingham on Wednesday.
Japan always looked the most inventive and creative side in the opening half in which the highlight was a fine individual goal by Kenji Kitazato who carried the ball from the half way line and netted a powerful reverse-stick strike past Hamish McGregor in the Kiwi net.
When the game resumed after a heavy thunderstorm delayed the second half restart Japan’s sure touch deserted them on the heavy pitch. The Kiwis rallied with goals from Andrew Hayward (PC) and Marcus Child (his first international goal), but Japan held on.
Picture Yoshihiro Anai celebrates Japan’s fourth goal. Picture credit: Andy Smith.

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