Minamino played 71 minutes for Japan in stalemate with Cameroon – here’s how he got on

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Liverpool star Takumi Minamino started for Japan against Cameroon in an international friendly this week and was substituted off in the 71st minute for Daichi Kamada.

The game ended in a 0-0 stalemate, but ‘the Samurai Blue‘ put in an impressive shift in the Netherlands and were particularly threatening on the right-side of attack.

It was fairly tame affair, with Cameroon frustrating Japan at times, leading to a couple of yellow cards for Genki Haraguchi and Takehiro Tomiyasu early on.

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Minamino played centrally, with Ritsu Doan and Haraguchi on the wings, but was a key cog for his team when they broke forward to attack.

Interestingly, the squad was made up entirely of players from outside of Japan, with locals forced into a two-week quarantine if they were to travel to Europe for the fixture.

It was amazingly Japan’s first game of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Taki was more than excited post-match, sharing a photo of himself in the national team’s kit online.

We’d like to just take a moment to fully appreciate Japan’s new home kit, by the way. Gorgeous!

Minamino could be involved again on Tuesday, as the Liverpool star and his national team-mates are up against Ivory Coast in another friendly.

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