Japan and Uruguay tied for one goal in a friendly this Friday in Tokyo, which marked the debut of Marcelo Broli on the bench of Celeste and in which the Uruguayan went ahead with a goal by Valverde that was not enough for the Japanese dynamic. The real Madrid midfielder took the reins of the team which came with a significant opportunity for the first game played by both teams after the World Cup in Qatar, which took place at the National Stadium in Tokyo under heavy rain. The “blue samurai” keep the club and the electric football that led them to one of the great traps in Qatar by beating Spain and Germany in the group stage, before falling in the round of 16.
The Uruguayan team, for its part, is led in the meantime by Broli because of the commitment he recently played in Tokyo and because of another friendly next Tuesday against South Korea, after the resignation of Diego Alonso due to disappointment. the first time in the World
The new coach could not count on the three columns of blood, Barcelona player Roland Araújo, Darwin Núñez (Liverpool FC) and Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo), who dropped out of the team due to injury, were replaced by Sebastián Cáceres and Jonathan Rodríguez. (Club America) and Didacus Hernandez (Montevideo Wanderers).
Until now the coach of the Uruguay under-20 team has arranged a 4-3-3 with Valverde as the main man in charge of bringing the ball to the line where Pellistri and Rossi were waiting in the wings and Rossi supported the front.
The Japanese began to worry with their verticals and found gaps in Charrúa’s advanced defense. So the first clear opportunity after 20 minutes from Asano, who fired the ball into the net.
Mitoma, one of the sensations of Japan in the World Cup and who shines in the Premier League with Brighton, and Doan created problems for the Uruguayan wings in the first half in which the visitors did not seem to find ways to enter the rival area.
Captain Valverde had to be watched after 31 minutes when he tried to catch the ball in front, although he was able to return shortly after.
But it was he himself who managed to open the scoring seven minutes later when he shot from the edge of the sign board at home. The ball hit the wood and came back to Valverde, who managed to head it into the net.
La Celeste started the second half with a plan to dominate possession and slow down the game. Japan scored five minutes after the restart with another chance on the boot of Asano, who shot wide after a goal headed by Mitoma.
The “blue samurai” continued to accelerate the ball, and in the play inside the area late Junya Ito was brought down and the referee obtained a penalty. However, after reviewing the play on VAR, the South Korean referee overturned his decision, considering that the defender touched the ball earlier.
The Japanese goal 75 minutes after so many warnings, in the run of Junya Ito on the right, finished Nishimura, who was left unmarked at center back and had only been on the field for three minutes.
Japan continues to attack urgently in the last round, against a more organized Uruguay trying to avoid spaces and still have a clear chance to win the game. The towers got on the floor, and a powerful shot to the crosshead.
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This match will be the first game of two matches of the Asian tour for the Uruguayan team, which will seek to refine the details necessary for the next World Cup qualifiers.
The recent bad results are not only raising doubts about Charrúa’s team, but also the generational revolution that is about to begin, since now they will not have historic players like Luis Suarez and Diego Godín. In addition to this, they will also have to deal with the absence of injury to Ronald Araujo, José María Giménez and Edison Cavani.
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Although in the round of 16 they were sent on penalties against Croatia in Qatar, Japan’s participation in the World Cup was more outstanding, since they also managed to finish first in their group, beating historic teams such as Spain and Germany, whom they defeated. by a score of 2-1.
That very worthy result was an example of how much Japanese football has grown in recent years, including more and more players in the best leagues in Europe.
Despite this, the Nippon team arrived here after failing to win in either of their two presentations against their own people, they will have hope of recovering against the rival they faced last season.
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This will be the ninth clash in history between these two national teams, in which Japan will try to avoid defeat against their South American rival for the third time in a row, having drawn 2-2 in the most recent meetings between them, in 2019.
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