Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa has blamed a “miserable performance” as Japan lost 2-1 to Mexico in the Confederations Cup.
Two goals from Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez secured victory for Mexico, watch his goals here.
After the game, Shinji Kagawa admitted that he was unhappy with the Japan’s team display and hinted that fatigure may have played a big part.
“We played fuzzily; even when we attacked, [Okazaki] was the only one giving his all and it feels like … what on earth did we come here to do?
“It was a miserable performance.
“We didn’t have anything left and lost in a very Japanese fashion. We tried hard but we lost.”
The Manchester United midfielder stated that they needed to be more clinical in front of goal, he added:
“We had some good chances in our build-up and it felt like both teams were drifting a bit so, if we’d been able to score first … we weren’t able to score in those situations in all three matches, so it’s a problem we have to consider
“At minimum, to beat a team like Brazil we have to improve individually and as a team, and today we saw again that if we don’t fight as a team we can’t win; in the second half it felt like Mexico wanted to win more.”