Sagan Tosu boss Hitoshi Morishita was satisfied after his men held Atletico Madrid 1-1 in regular time in Saturday’s friendly, only losing on penalties in the “Cygames presents Special Match.”
Koke scored the opener for the visitors directly from corner in the 18th minute before Sagan equalised through 20-year-old Ryosuke Tamura eight minutes from time to send the match to spot kicks.
Atletico subsequently triumphed 4-1 in the shootout, with Antoine Griezmann, Gabi, Tiago, and Luciano Vietto netting from 12 yards out.
Nevertheless, Morishita proved satisfied with his players’ spirit afterwards, stating: “We had just two days to prepare and many injuries.
“Still, the players who stood on the pitch tonight played tenaciously.”