Yoshida wins out in the battle of the Saints

Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida

First published in Football

SAINTS defender Maya Yoshida was awarded the bragging rights over St Mary’s colleague Emmanual Mayuka yesterday.

Mayuka created Zambia’s first goal as the African nation stormed into an early 2-0 lead against the World Cup finals qualifiers in Tampa, Florida.

But Japan hit back before half-time before taking a 3-2 lead with goals in the 74th and 75th minutes.

Mayuka – aiming for a fresh start at Saints after spending most of last season on loan at French club Sochaux – had been taken off in the 52nd minute.

Zambia levelled in the 89th minute, only for Japan to claim their fifth straight victory less than 60 seconds later.

Japan made six substitutions, but Yoshida was given the whole 90 minutes.

He is almost certain to start his first World Cup finals game when Japan face the Ivory Coast this coming Sunday.

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7:11pm Sun 8 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Please - both of you come back uninjured, fresh and up for a fight next season. Congratulations for being selected by your countries.
Please - both of you come back uninjured, fresh and up for a fight next season. Congratulations for being selected by your countries. jls217
  • Score: 16

8:07pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Clever Dick says...

Yosh is a good player. Still quite young for a centre half and got a pretty raw deal last season because Jose and Dejan did so well early on. Need to keep him.
Yosh is a good player. Still quite young for a centre half and got a pretty raw deal last season because Jose and Dejan did so well early on. Need to keep him. Clever Dick
  • Score: 13

8:18pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Littleton-Saint says...

Mayuka could surprise us next season.
Mayuka could surprise us next season. Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 10

9:53pm Sun 8 Jun 14

legh_langston says...

Great performance against Fulham with very good distribution. OK Fulham may not have the greatest challenge but Saints put up such a good performance that day all through the team.
Great performance against Fulham with very good distribution. OK Fulham may not have the greatest challenge but Saints put up such a good performance that day all through the team. legh_langston
  • Score: 5

11:34pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

Isn't it just fantastic that so many Saints players will be playing at this years world cup, just goes to show how far we have come, I wish all of them the very best of luck. .
Isn't it just fantastic that so many Saints players will be playing at this years world cup, just goes to show how far we have come, I wish all of them the very best of luck. . Saintly Sam
  • Score: 26

5:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

A big Container Boat in the Docks Today something the Diddy men could not
handle!
A big Container Boat in the Docks Today something the Diddy men could not handle! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 2

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