On the eve of a need to-win Planet Cup qualifier versus Australia, Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu said Monday his squad is in a perilous scenario, but can nevertheless get their campaign again on observe.
Japan head into Tuesday’s clash at Saitama Stadium third in Team B with a single win and two losses in the last Asian qualifying stage for the 2022 Earth Cup in Qatar, which include a dispiriting 1- defeat absent to Saudi Arabia in their most the latest outing final Thursday.
Japan players prepare at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, around Tokyo, on Oct. 11, 2021, a working day ahead of a Team B soccer match towards Australia in the closing team-period round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Australia, meanwhile, are using high immediately after a record 11 consecutive victories in Planet Cup qualifying. They sit on major of the group with 3 wins, in advance of Saudi Arabia on purpose difference.
With only the leading two groups from every single Asian qualifying team advancing immediately to the Planet Cup, one more decline could seriously dent Japan’s hopes of achieving the tournament and charge Moriyasu his occupation.
“We realize we are in a tough predicament right after three game titles. But we can nonetheless rally again. We want to clearly show our ideal, though stopping our opponents taking part in their activity,” Moriyasu said.
“We have been geared up for a sequence of rough online games. We are only thinking about aiming for victory.”
Japan nationwide team supervisor Hajime Moriyasu watches his players coach at Saitama Stadium on Oct. 11, 2021 ahead of their Globe Cup qualifier at house to Australia the next day. (Kyodo)
Moriyasu is pitted towards a previous teammate in Australia supervisor Graham Arnold, whom he performed along with as a member of J-League aspect Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The Japan gamers went through their paces at the venue on match eve, with captain Maya Yoshida and other squad customers functioning up a sweat on an unseasonably warm Oct working day.
If they are to right the ship towards Australia, the Samurai Blue have to triumph over their modern purpose-scoring woes.
They have netted only when in the present qualifying phase, in their 1- get over China final thirty day period, and will once again go into fight with no one particular of their brightest attacking talents, 20-12 months-old Mallorca playmaker Takefusa Kubo, who has been sidelined with a knee personal injury.
Obtaining competent for each individual Entire world Cup finals due to the fact debuting at the 1998 event in France, Japan deal with the prospect of a much more complicated path to Qatar should really they skip out on automated qualification.
The third-position sides from the two Asian groups will enter a playoff, with a probability of getting a fifth qualifying crew from the continent.
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