Japan's Yoshinori Muto in action with Ghana’s Thomas Partey. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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New Japan manager Akira Nishino deployed a new formation but endured a disappointing first match in charge with a 2-0 defeat by Ghana as his side prepared for the World Cup at a rain-drenched Yokohama Stadium Wednesday.Goals from Ghana captain Thomas Partey and debutant Emmanuel Boateng with a penalty ensured a miserable night for Nishino and means the ex-Japan midfielder has difficult decisions to make in the next 24 hours before naming his 23-man World Cup squad.Nishino, who took over from Vahid Halilhodzic in April after the Bosnian had guided Japan to next month's finals in Russia, switched the formation with three central defenders, two wing-backs and two inside forwards supporting a lone striker.
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