Utter defeat for Red Devils in Japan

Japan used the tournament as a tune-up for the World Cup qualifier in Uzbekistan on June 6. A win in that match could secure a fourth consecutive World Cup berth.
Midfielder Kengo Nakamura scored a goal and set up another Sunday as Japan coasted to a 4-0 win over an under-strength Belgium team to win the Kirin Cup.

Defender Yuto Nagatomo opened the scoring for Japan in the 21st minute when he took a pass from Nakamura and beat Belgian goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen.

Nakamura doubled the lead three minutes later when he got around a Belgium defender and fired a low, right-footed shot past Stijnen.

Shinji Okazaki, who scored twice in the 4-0 win over Chile in the opening game, widened the lead to 3-0 with a header off a cross ball 15 minutes into the second half. Kisho Yano completed the scoring in the 77th minute.

Belgium was without its players from Anderlecht and Standard Liege.

The two teams had playoff matches for the league title which Standard ended up winning, fair and square. Standard refused to let their players go to the invitational tournament. Anderlecht let the players decide. The five Anderlecht players picked for the squad all declined the invitation.