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“Asia’s strongest?” Japan’s weaknesses were also great…Black mixed-race GK big mistake → “Cold reality face”

Japan, ranked 17th in FIFA rankings, came from behind to beat Vietnam, ranked 94th in FIFA rankings, 4-2 in the first Group D match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup held at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 14th (Korea time).

Japan is confident as it is the team that will be selected as the top candidate. Ito said, “I think I can win no matter who comes out. Now that Kaoru Mitoma is injured, it will be a chance for Nakamura,” and Japanese media also focused on Moriyasu Hajime’s appropriate rotation rather than winning or losing.

In fact, Moriyasu made a list of starters with Mao Hosoya, Keito Nakamura-Minamino-Takumi-Ito Junya, Hidesama Morita-Endo Wataru, Hiroki Ito-Taniguchi-Shogo-Itakura-Yukinari, and Suzuki Jaion. 사설 토토사이트

Moriyasu boldly took care of all the players he judged to be in less than 100 percent condition, including Takefusa Kubo, Ayase Ueda, and Ritz Doan. Instead, he brought up a somewhat experimental lineup, including placing Hosoya, who has little experience in A matches, at the forefront. He believes that the power gap is huge.

However, the ball was round. Contrary to expectations, Japan had difficulties, as it was dragged into the match against Vietnam. Without Minamino’s strong performance, who scored two goals and one assist, Japan could hardly guarantee a win.

It got off to a fresh start. Japan took the lead with Minamino’s first goal in the 11th minute. Vietnamese goalkeeper Nguyen Philippe couldn’t clear the corner far, and Sugawara’s subsequent shot hit the defensive wall. Minamino calmly pushed the ball in and shook the net.

However, Japan allowed an equalizer on Nguyen Dinh Pak’s exquisite back header five minutes later, and even conceded a come-from-behind goal to Pham Tuan Hai in the 33rd minute of the first half. As goalkeeper Suzuki failed to properly hit Bui Hoang Viet Aing Zhong’s header, he provided an excuse for the loss.

Since then, Japan has been embarrassed by Vietnam’s aggressive attacks. Suzuki also used to shoot inaccurate kicks while trying to get out of the opponent’s pressure.

Nevertheless, Japan was Japan. Minamino’s accurate shot in the 45th minute made the score tied, and Nakamura’s fantastic right foot kick in the 4th minute turned the tables. Then, Ayase Ueda’s wedge goal in the 40th minute of the second half successfully defeated Vietnam.

Despite the win, Japan, which is proud of being the strongest in Asia, had a bitter aftertaste. Notably, Suzuki showed his nervousness in the scene of losing two goals, revealing his weaknesses. Even when he conceded the equalizer, he left a regret due to hasty selection of location, and made a large mistake with ambiguous punching in the scene of losing the come-from-behind goal.

Born in 2002, Suzuki is a mixed-race goalkeeper of a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mother. Japan is raising him as the next national team goalkeeper.

To replace the goalie generation, Moriyasu excluded Shuichi Konda (Shimizu Espulse), Daniel Schmidt (Sintrawideun), and Kosuke Nakamura (Portimonense) from the final entry for the upcoming Asian Cup. Instead, he selected Suzuki, Daiya Maekawa (Vissel Kobe), and Daishi Nozawa (FC Tokyo). Among them, Suzuki was selected as the starting player.

However, Suzuki, Maekawa, and Noza all have little experience in A matches. Even if all three of them are included, they have played in fewer than 10 matches. Suzuki, who had more chances, played in only four matches.

In the end, Suzuki, who had been criticized as a variable, revealed his shortcomings from the first game and remained as a source of anxiety. Japan’s “Tokyo Sports” reported, “Suzuki faced a harsh reality. He started in the match against Vietnam. The opponent’s header crossed over his head in the 16th minute of the first half and was sucked into the goal, and in the 33rd minute of the first half, he allowed the reversal due to sloppy handling of the ball.”

There are growing voices of criticism among Japanese fans as well. “Of course, Suzuki might have been nervous, but he lacked stability. The fans responded by saying, ‘I don’t know why I am being highly judged. Maekawa is better.’ “

Now that it is difficult to change the starting goalkeeper, Moriyasu will likely have more worries. “Of course, there are voices of encouragement for young talent. I hope Suzuki will grow greatly by using his valuable experience,” Tokyo Sports said.


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