Japan vs USA – Friendly: Live score, team news and updates for World Cup prep game

Japan 2-0 USA: Gregg Berhalter’s side make a lackluster start to their World Cup preparations as Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma score for dominant Japanese – with USMNT’s star man Christian Pulisic absent through injury

  • Daichi Kamada broke the deadlock in the 24th minute with fine first-touch finish
  • The Eintracht Frankfurt attacker was ruled offside but VAR then allowed the goal
  • USA struggled throughout game and rarely threatened in World Cup warm-up
  • Japan substitute Kaoru Mitoma rounded off win with fine finish in 88th minute
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT team fell to a 2-0 defeat by Japan in their first World Cup warm-up game Friday.

The United States were lackluster and second best throughout the exhibition game in Germany as they gear up for Qatar in two months’ time.

Daichi Kamada broke the deadlock with a fine first-time finish in the 24th minute and Kaoru Mitoma sealed a comfortable victory with a late goal.

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Japan celebrate Daichi Kamada’s opening goal against the United States in friendly game

Kamada celebrates after scoring past Matt Turner with a fine first-touch finish in the first half

Kamada celebrates after scoring past Matt Turner with a fine first-touch finish in the first half

Kamada looks over to the offside flag after it was put up but VAR overturned call and gave goal

Kamada looks over to the offside flag after it was put up but VAR overturned call and gave goal

Kamada is surrounded by his teammates after breaking the deadlock against USMNT Friday

Kamada is surrounded by his teammates after breaking the deadlock against USMNT Friday

USA star Weston McKennie battles for the ball in what was a difficult first period for this team

USA star Weston McKennie battles for the ball in what was a difficult first period for this team

USMNT defender Sergino Dest dribbles with the ball during opening exchanges in Germany

USMNT defender Sergino Dest dribbles with the ball during opening exchanges in Germany

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for USA’s friendly with Japan as it prepares for the World Cup in Qatar in two months’ time.

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