Japan @ AFC U23 2018

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Dax, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    First day lineup vs Palestine:
    Ryosuke Kojima GK
    2 So Fujitani SB
    3 Itsuki Urata SB
    4 Ko Itakura DF
    10 Koji Miyoshi MF
    13 Yuto Iwasaki FW
    15 Honoya Shoji CB
    16 Shion Inoue MF
    17 Yuta Kamiya MF
    19 Ren Komatsu FW
    22 Yugo Tatsuta CB


    full match vs Palestine

    Itakura's goal

    5 Takahiro Yanagi Sub
    6 Yoichi Naganuma Sub
    7 Teruki Hara Sub
    8 Tsukasa Morishima Sub
    9 Kyosuke Tagawa Sub
    11 Keita Endo Sub
    12 Go Hatano Sub
    14 Akito Takagi Sub
    18 Hatate Reo Sub
    20 Taiyo Koga Sub
    23 Koto Abe Sub
     
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  2. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Strange to see Endo, Tagawa and Maeda all on the bench.
     
  3. Majster2

    Majster2 Member+

    Apr 23, 2010
    Poland
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    Pretty impressive...
     
  4. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    It was mostly boring but there's progress, there seems to be a well understood system. The players need to do more (or we need better players) and we lack attacking power.
     
  5. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Japan won their second game in a row, 1-0 against Thailand, with Itakura again scoring the winner at the 90th minute.

    They also became the first team to guarantee their qualification to the second round, and will play against North Korea to decide the winner of the group (Japan only needs a draw).

     
  6. yanagibashi

    yanagibashi Member

    Eintracht Braunschweig
    Japan
    Jan 3, 2018
    from the first two games iwasaki has been disappointing, i expected more him. sloppy passing all round by many players. defence looks pretty solid but against limited opposition.

    itakura may prove to be a brilliant loan for vegalta sendai.
     
  7. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
  8. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    I wish all HS players were so disappointing that they played almost all the games right after signing pro. It's got not nothing to do with being disappointing, it's just who he is as a player. He's still young.

    Anyway the team looks like a massive improvement from the beginning of the previous cycle in 2014. The stake will be to find individuals like Asano, Minamino, Nakajima or Kubo now.
     
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  9. verde água

    verde água Member

    São Paulo
    Oct 4, 2017
    Ko Itakura and So Fujitani are the best players so far in my opinion. But I really would like to see Takeaki Harigaya playing at this team, He is a central midfielder that reminds me Arthur from Gremio.
     
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  10. yanagibashi

    yanagibashi Member

    Eintracht Braunschweig
    Japan
    Jan 3, 2018
    iwasaki played 35 games, starting in 27 of them. 8 assists and two goals, not bad for a guy just graduating high school.
     
  11. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    HT: Japan 2-0 North Korea.

    Hiroki Ito is such a great and composed player, he assisted both of Japan's goals (scored by Yanagi and Miyoshi).

    This generation's defence and defensive midfield seem to be rock-solid (not to mention Nakayama and Tomiyasu who were not called-up to this tournament).

    Players like Hiroki Ito, Tatsuta, Itakura and Shouji have done good impression so far.

    As for the attack, it needs to be improved, but this squad is missing: Daizen Maeda, Ritsu Doan, Tatsuya Ito and Koki Ogawa, so if these players are available an improvement is to be qexpected. However, with the available options I can see that Moriyasu is testing different players and combinations, and there is clearly an improvement taking place by every match.

    Good Luck.
     
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  12. Gordon1995

    Gordon1995 Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Actually, in the 2nd half, I felt that North Korea was the better team until the penalty. They were setting up opportunities for their forwards well before then.
     
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  13. Gordon1995

    Gordon1995 Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Lol, Uzbekistan 3-0 Japan now. Uzbekistan is dominating Japan thus far save for the first 10 minutes. Japan can't cope with Uzbekistan's physicality. Japan cannot stop Uzbekistan's forward even with their numerical advantage in defending for the 3rd goal.
     
  14. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    The Uzbeks have at least 4 '95 and 4 '96 from what I remember but definitely that's not a good excuse for a 4-0 (so far)
    Not a fan of the 3 man defense
     
  15. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    The system is good, there's really nothing that was announcing was was gonna happen today ... What a spanking. Good thing we're qualified for the Olympics lol.
     
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  16. Majster2

    Majster2 Member+

    Apr 23, 2010
    Poland
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    The system which produces dribbles in the defensive line shurely is good...
     
  17. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    Three back systems don't win continental competitions, you're well placed to know that ...
     
  18. Majster2

    Majster2 Member+

    Apr 23, 2010
    Poland
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    The only luck there would be Petrovic taking over this bunch in the summer of 2017 and Moriyasu at the helm for the last three months I assume if one wishes for them advancing from the group stage.
     
  19. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Vietnam keeping up the good results of their U19 by reaching the final.
     
  20. Radu Razvan

    Radu Razvan Member+

    Mar 1, 2013
    Bucharest, Romania
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Romania
    It seems that lost against eventual champions.
     
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  21. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Incredible campaign either way... and heart breaking to lose at the 120'
     
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