Japan reaches semifinals with 3-0 win over Egypt

Japan's Takahiro Ohgihara blocks Egypt's defender Omar Gaber during the London 2012 Olympic men's football quarter final match between Japan and Egypt at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on August 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

MANCHESTER, England: Japan advanced to the men's Olympic football semifinals Saturday with a 3-0 win over 10-man Egypt after goals from Kensuke Nagai, captain Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu.

Nagai scored in the 14th minute into an empty net after Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed Elshenawi collided with a defender when trying to deal with a cross. Yoshida was unmarked and headed home in the 78th minute from a free kick. Japan's third came in the 83rd with another header, this time from Otsu.

Egypt's best chance came in the 77th when a dipping shot from midfielder Mohamed El Neny appeared to be going in, but Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda dived down to his right and made the save.

Egypt was reduced to 10 men in the 41st when defender Saadeldin Saad was sent off for fouling forward Manabu Saito in a goal-scoring opportunity.





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