Japan Under-23s pound uninspired Boyz 4-0 in NagoyaSaturday, June 12, 2021
NAGOYA, Japan — Jamaica's Reggae Boyz went down to a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Japan's Under-23 team in friendly international game at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
Takefusa Kubo (32nd), Wataru Endo (42nd), Ayase Ueda (54th) and Ritsu Doan (63rd) were on target in an affair that the hosts totally dominated.
The Boyz appeared uninspired all-round but were outclassed particularly in midfield as the slick-passing Japanese kept them out of the game.
Embarrassingly for Jamaica, they uncharacteristically failed to create a real goal-scoring opportunity in 90-plus minutes of football.
Throughout the contest, played before a few thousand spectators, the Jamaicans failed to reproduce any of the quality that was on display in their 1-1 draw against Serbia in Kobe on Monday.
For Saturday's match, the Boyz fielded a team that mostly featured players who either did not play against Serbia, or came in as substitutes, part of the coaching team's plan to give all 19 players here playing time.
Assistant Coach Jerome Waite managed from the touchline as Head Coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore is said to be suffering from a stomach bug and was ordered to rest by medical staff.
The contingent will fly out of Japan on Sunday to various destinations in the US, the UK and Jamaica.
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