Japan Olympic Football Team Vanquishes Argentina 5-2 Led By Mascherano
Olympics, overpowered the powerhouse Argentina’s U-22 national team.
The Japanese U-22 national team beat Argentina 5-2 in a friendly match held at the IAI Stadium in Shizuoka, Japan on the 18th.
Japan, which took the lead with Sato Gain’s first goal in the 18th minute of the first half, was later slowed down by Argentina’s counterattack. They were dragged 1-2 by Pablo Solari in the 22nd minute and Thiago Almada in the 5th minute of the second half.
However, Japan turned the game around with a strong back after the middle of the second half.
In the 22nd minute of the second half, Yuito Suzuki balanced it with a goal, and nine minutes later Suzuki scored an additional goal and succeeded in turning the tables.
Then, Yuta Matsumura scored in the 36th minute of the second half and Shio Fukuda scored additional goals in the 43rd minute of the second half.
According to Japanese media, Oiwa Go, the head coach of Japan’s U22 said, “I want to praise the pressure play of the players that caused the opponent’s error,” adding, “I connected the opportunity to the score.” He had a good attack,” he said.
Meanwhile, Japan’s U22 national team faced South Korea in the final at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which ended last month.
The Japan Football Association participated in the Hangzhou Asian Games as young players under 2001 looking at next year’s Paris Olympics.
Japan lost 1-2 to South Korea led by Hwang Sun-hong in the final, but showed a threatening performance. It is expected to compete in Asia for tickets to Paris next year.
On the other hand, Argentina’s U22 national team, led by Javier Mascherano, who had a reputation as a world-class defensive midfielder during his active career, was disgraced by Japan’s original sentiment.
Mascherino said, “I don’t want to make an excuse for the fatigue (due to long-distance movement),” but added, “Our organizational ability has declined.” I am very concerned about the result,” he said. 스포츠토토