A record soccer crowd for Japan, 65,000 people saw All-Japan defeated three-one in their friendly match against the Untied States team, Cosmos of New York, on Wednesday (September 14).
A record soccer crowd for Japan, 65,000 people saw All-Japan defeated three-one in their friendly match against the Untied States team, Cosmos of New York, on Wednesday (September 14). The game was billed as a 'Sayonara to Pele' - a farewell match for the Brazilian star who's been playing for Cosmos this season, and is leaving them to go back home.
SYNOPSIS: All-Japan, in the dark blue - playing right to left, kicked off against the visitors, who were playing their last in a series of games there. But the inferior home side quickly lost possession of the ball.
A neat series of Cosmos passes in the 16th minute set up Italian Giorgio Chinaglia for their first goal - and he made no mistakes.
Cosmos one, All-Japan nil - and the visitors pressed ahead. A 23rd minute attack was parried once but Yugoslav Nadrenko topic picked up the rebound to score. Pele was quick to congratulate him.
All-Japan tried to rally in the second half, but repeatedly failed.
It was the biggest audience at the stadium since the 1964 Olympic Games there, but even the huge partisan crowd failed to swing the game in All-Japan's favour. A corner to Cosmos.
Super-star Pele, who's something of a hero even in Japan, failed his fans - but they still cheered.
Cosmos' Turkish goalkeeper Erol Yasin did sterling service for the Americans.
Nelsi Morias of Brazil made it three-nil for Cosmos - aptly named for their cosmopolitan make-up. It came in the 81st minute.
All-Japan's only goal came from Keizo Imai three minutes later - but it was too close to the end of the game for any significant counter-attack.