Soccer is a rapidly-growing spectator sport in Japan and the United States, and the game has now become big enough in both countries for them to take part in international matches.
GV PAN: Furukawa Electric Company team in light shirts, kicking from right to left, kick off in soccer game against Cosmos of New York - Tokyo, Japan.
GV PAN: Cosmos on attack and Giorgio Chinaglia, number 9, scoring.
SV: scoreboard showing one-nil to Cosmos.
GV: Pele, number 10, taking free kick for Cosmos and ball going over bar.
GV: Furukawa attacking and Yasuhiko Okudera, number eight, scoring team's second goal.
SV: scoreboard showing Furukawa 2-1 ahead.
GV PAN: Cosmos number 18, Terry Garbett, taking corner kick and number 3, Vitomir Dimitrijevic, shooting at goal and missing.
GV PAN: Furukawa attacking and failing twice.
GV. Furukawa attacking in second in second half and headed ball going wide of net.
SV: crowd AND GV: Tony Field, number 7, scoring for Cosmos. (2 shots)
SV: scoreboard showing two-all.
SV: Cosmos attacking and Chinaglia scoring.
SV: scoreboard showing three-two to Cosmos.
SV PAN: Cosmos attacking and Pele brought down by foul.
SV: crowd watching
SV: Pele scoring from free kick.
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Background: Soccer is a rapidly-growing spectator sport in Japan and the United States, and the game has now become big enough in both countries for them to take part in international matches. On Saturday (10 September), Japanese soccer fans crowded into a Tokyo stadium to watch a home side, the Furukawa Electric Company, clash with the mighty Cosmos of New York -- one of the best sides in the North American league, and who number among their players the famous Brazilian, Pele and West Germany's Franz ???.
SYNOPSIS: Furukawa, in the light shirts, playing right to left, kicked off but rapidly lost the initiative.
Cosmos took an early lead when Giorgio Chinaglia, playing number nine, made use of this chance.
Cosmos one-nil ahead -- and the team's Brazilian star, Pele, at number 10, unsuccessfully tried to press home the advantage from a free kick.
But the home crowd saw Furukawa rally, and after scoring the equaliser Yasuhiko Okudera at number eight put them in the lead.
Furukawa two, Cosmo one. The Americans failed a corner kick minutes later, but in the end it turned out not to matter too much. A Furukawa counter-attack also failed -- twice, in rapid succession, and it was the beginning of the end for the Japanese side.
Despite the crowd urging them on in the second half, the home team couldn't score again.
The Americans recovered their balance, and pressed on relentlessly. Tony Field, number seven, made it two-all.
The equaliser seemed to put fresh heart in Cosmos, and Chinaglia came in again for his own second goal to put them into a three-two lead.
Cosmos ahead -- and a foul against Pele gave them an unbeatable four-two final score. Pele took the chance for revenge -- and made no mistake about it.