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Japan, Syria stalement in soccer friendly

Press Association logoPress Association 7/06/2017

Japan were held to a 1-1 draw by Syria at the National Stadium in Tokyo and had to fight back after slipping a goal behind.

Mardik Mardikian seized a 50th minute lead after nodding home an assist by Amro Jenyat only for Yasuyuki Konno to equalise from close range nine minutes later.

Casting a shadow over the draw for Japan was the loss of playmaker Shinji Kagawa, who had to be carried from the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a shoulder injury early in the game.

Hanwen Deng struck twice as China overwhelmed the Philippines 8-1 in a mismatch at Guangzhou's Tianhe Stadium.

South Korea were held to an away goalless draw by Iraq.

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