Cerezo Osaka 2 United 2: Zaha Opens His United Account at the Death of Full-Time.

Wilfried Zaha Salvaged a Draw For United in the 91st Minute.
Wilfried Zaha Salvaged a Draw For United in the 91st Minute.

A Wilfried Zaha late leveler prevented Manchester United from falling to a third pre-season defeat in four games in the intense heat at the Nagai Stadium, against Cerezo Osaka.

Kagawa scored and missed a penalty against his former club but received a rapturous reception on his return to his hometown club.

Kagawa Celebrates With Teammates After Scoring the Equaliser.
Kagawa Celebrates With Teammates After Scoring the Equaliser.

Kenyu Sugimoto took advantage of a defensive error to hand the home side the lead in the 34th minute. Chris Smalling’s attempted pass on the edge of the box was intercepted and fell to Sugimoto, who turned Alex Buttner and wrong-footed Andre Lindegaard with a low shot into the corner.

Kagawa slotted home the equaliser from close range moments after fluffing a second-half spot kick. After goalkeeper Kim had diverted his tame penalty, the Japanese was not to be denied in the 54th minute, found by Ryan Giggs in a narrow angle, slotting home the equalizer to the delight of United’s Japanese.

Cerezo were back in front thanks to a Takumi Minamino’s superb long-range drive in the 63rd, but substitute Zaha scored his first goal for United in injury time to ensure United share the Yanmar Premium Cup with the hosts.

Manchester United and Cerezo Osaka Shares the Yanmar Premium Cup.
Manchester United and Cerezo Osaka Shares the Yanmar Premium Cup.

United, playing in the new away kit failed to convert a host of opportunities as Cerezo threatened the Red Devils throughout the proceedings.

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