Italy v France: Nagoya sushi namis return

Nagaoka sushi has returned to the pitch for the first time since the World Cup, with the Nagaokas winning 2-1 away to France in Nagoya.

The visitors had been on a four-match winning streak after being knocked out in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup by the hosts Japan.

Nagaoka captain Alessandro Diamanti was also involved in a tackle which caused injury to France midfielder Eric Abidal, while French defender André-Pierre Ndong was sent off for a late tackle on striker Moussa Sissoko.

Nagoya, who won the Asia Cup with an impressive 3-0 aggregate victory against Japan last month, were knocked out of the competition at the group stage in the last 16, with a 1-0 loss to Korea Republic in the first round.

The two teams met at the All Japan Stadium, and France, who are ranked third in the Asian Football Confederation rankings, were the better side in the second half of the match.

France had three players sent off by the referee for a series of red cards, including striker Laurent Blanc and defender Michel Aubin.

The hosts also had a late appeal dismissed after an injury-time penalty by France substitute Michy Batshuayi was saved by the official.

After the game, Nagaoya coach Nara Yuta said: “It was a difficult game but the result was clear.

We played with intensity.

I had no doubt about our chances in the match.”

Nagaokan are on a six-match unbeaten run, with two wins and two draws from their last four matches.