Thursday, July 28, 2005

ManU go down to Kashima Antlers

Japanese J-League leaders Kashima Antlers have beaten English Premier League football team Manchester United, 2-1, in a friendly match in Tokyo. Japan national team midfielder Masashi Motoyama scored both goals for the home team. He opened the scoring in the fifth minute and then scored the game-winner in the 24th minute. United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh minute, finishing off a cross from Portuguese midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo nearly gave United the lead in the 14th minute but his shot hit the side netting. Right after that happened, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the stadium, but the game was not interrupted.

Italy's ACF Fiorentina beat Cerezo Osaka, 3-0,