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Friday International Recap: Japan, Switzerland Victorious

Kagawa and Burki were both in action today and led their teams to victory

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Two members of Borussia Dortmund were in international action on Friday as Shinji Kagawa and Roman Burki both got the start for their respective country.

Japan took on Bulgaria early this morning in the semifinals of the Kirin Cup, with Japan thumping their European visitors, 7-2. Kagawa scored a first half brace, including what would eventually be the game-winner, in 42 minutes of action. Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring after only three minutes.

Japan advances to the Kirin Cup final against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday.

For Switzerland, Roman Burki played all 90 minutes between the pipes as normal starter Yann Sommer watched from the bench. Switzerland needed some good fortune and got some solid keeping from Burki as they topped Moldova, 2-1.

Moldova conceded an early own goal and then a late winner from Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi. Roman Burki only faced two shots on target, saving one. Burki anchored a Swiss backline that made life difficult for Moldova all afternoon.

As Switzerland nears the UEFA Euros, the competition for starting goalkeeper has only been made more difficult after Burki's performance today.

Switzerland will open up the Euro 2016 against Albania on June 11 in Lens, France.