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Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in debut of new coach Halilhodzic

March 27, 2015

OITA, Japan (AP) — Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in its first game under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

Halilhodzic brought Honda and Okazaki into the game early in the second half, and the moves paid off.

Okazaki scored on a header off a Honda cross in the 78th minute, and Honda doubled the advantage five minutes later when he picked up a loose ball and fired past goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia from close range.

Halilhodzic, who guided Algeria to the last 16 of the World Cup last year, took over from Javier Aguirre after the Mexican was fired last month amid a match-fixing scandal.

Japan dominated play in the first half and came close when Kenga Kawamata’s header off a corner kick hit the crossbar.

Japan will host Uzbekistan in Tokyo in another friendly on Tuesday.

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