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Football: Japan-Chile friendly canceled due to Hokkaido earthquake

The Japan Football Association said Thursday it has canceled the international friendly scheduled for the following night between the Samurai Blue and Chile at Sapporo Dome due to the powerful earthquake that struck Hokkaido earlier in the day.

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island early Thursday cut off roads and caused massive landslides, leaving at least seven people dead and about 30 others missing. More than 300 people were hurt in areas including the prefectural capital Sapporo.

(Japan players train on Sept. 5 before their match against Chile is cancelled)

The JFA earlier in the day said all national team players and staff staying in Sapporo were confirmed safe. All Chilean players and team staff were also accounted for.

The Kirin Challenge Cup game was to be Hajime Moriyasu’s first in charge of the senior side since the Olympic head coach was appointed to the top job following this year’s World Cup in Russia.

All — Kyodo News+

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