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Keisuke Honda’s late penalty shot gave Alberto Zaccheroni his first competitive win as Japan beat Syria 10 men against 10 in a 2-1 victory at the Asian Cup on Thursday night.

The Group B affair was rife with controversial decision-making by Iranian referee Mohsen Torky, who first red-carded Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima midway through the second half before awarding Zaccheroni’s side a soft, match-winning penalty shot at the other end.

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