[Japan National Soccer National Team Latest Information]The U-22 Japan National Team (Paris Olympics generation) will play against the U-22 Argentina National Team in an international friendly match on November 18th.
On the 18th, the U-22 Japan National Team played against the U-22 Argentina National Team in an international friendly match.
Japan’s U-22 generation, led by coach Tsuyoshi Oiwa, is strengthening their skills in preparation for next year’s Paris Olympics. On the 18th, they welcomed Argentina, led by coach Javier Mascherano, to IAI Stadium Nihondaira (Shizuoka) in an international friendly match.
Japan will use its current best members in the starting lineup, including Yutaro Oda, Kuo Matsuki, Chima Fujita, and Riku Handa. Argentina, on the other hand, will also send Brighton midfielder Facundo Buonanotte and Ajax defender Gaston Avila.
This was a match in which Japan went on the offensive from the start. In the 18th minute, Keiichi Sato received a vertical pass from Matsuki on the front left of the box and cut into the center. He quickly swung his right foot and fired a shot into the left corner of the goal to take the lead.
However, Argentina did not miss Japan’s mistake in the 22nd minute. Matsuki was unable to contain the ball in his own half, but was robbed of it by Pablo Solari. It was definitely a one-on-one and the score was tied.
After the score was tied, the back-and-forth battle continued, and in the 31st minute, Sato from the left side of the box delivered a cross that Matsuki jumped at with the far end. He bent and twisted in the air and fired a subdued volley with his left foot, but it was blocked by an Argentine defender just in front of the goal line.
At the end of the first half, Japan had an accident. Sato on the left side crossed paths with Marco DiCesare and fell down in pain near his left knee. He was replaced in the 44th minute by Yuta Matsumura, but he left the pitch on foot with support from the staff.
In the second half, Argentina got a free kick in the front center of the box in the 49th minute. Thiago Almada, number 10, carefully aimed a shot with his right foot, which took a beautiful trajectory and ended up in the top right corner of the goal.
After giving up the lead, Japan has been seen to go on the defensive. In the 55th minute, Buonanotte fired a shot from close range in the center of the box, but goalkeeper Kazuki Fujita parried it away with one arm. In the 60th minute, Argentina replaced Buonotte with Nicolas Paz, who was also making his Real Madrid debut.
Still, in the 66th minute, Japan’s number 10 showed no signs of losing. Yuito Suzuki, who is in front of the box and slightly to the right, shoots with his left foot while looking at the opponent’s position. He slots it into the bottom right corner of the goal to tie the score again. Immediately after, in the 69th minute, Japan introduced Asahi Uenaka and Kaede Yamada in place of Oda and Shunsuke Mito. Aim to win by using aggressive cards.
Then, in the 75th minute, Matsumura, who had the ball on the left side of the box, delivered a cross. Handa, who received the ball on the far side, calmly chose to pass it to the center, and Yui Suzuki reacted and made sure to sink the ball, scoring her second goal of the day and giving it the go-ahead goal.
Japan came back to life and in the 81st minute, Matsumura, who was in the front center of the box, faced forward. As soon as he saw that his opponent was slow, he swung his left foot and found the back of the net.
Japan also sent out Shio Fukuda in the final game. Then, in the 88th minute, Fukuda broke into the left side of the box and found the net, scoring his team’s fifth goal, ending the game.
Japan is planning to hold a training camp in December. With that, this year’s activities are over, and the final Asian qualifying rounds for the Paris Olympics will begin in February next year.
U-22 Japan National Team 5-2 U-22 Argentina National Team
Japan: Keiichi Sato (18 minutes), Yuito Suzuki (66 minutes, 75 minutes), Yuta Matsumura (81 minutes), Shio Fukuda (88 minutes)
Argentina: Pablo Solari (22 minutes), Thiago Almada (49 minutes)