YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Goalkeeper Petr Cech made several key saves for the Czech Republic to play out a goalless draw with Japan in the final game of the Kirin Cup.
Japan had the better of the chances at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday but Cech kept the hosts off the scoresheet for his second clean sheet of the tournament. The Czech Republic and Peru also finished goalless on Saturday.
Japan almost broke through in the 77th minute when Shinji Okazaki got behind the Czech defense but Cech dived to his right to stop Okazaki's header.
Cech was also called on in the 35th minute when he deflected Yasuhito Endo's free kick over the crossbar.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni was using the match as a warmup for his team's qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup beginning in September.
The Czech team, which came to Japan without injured captain Tomas Rosicky and key striker Milan Baros, created few scoring chances and rarely tested Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima.
Japan and Peru also finished goalless in the opening match. It was the first time in the 32-year history of the Kirin Cup that all three matches finished 0-0.
- Shinji Okazaki
- Eiji Kawashima
- 2014 World Cup
- Petr Cech
- Milan Baros
- clean sheet
- Nissan Stadium
- Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni
- the Czech Republic