Japan U20 national team advanced to the semi-final and qualified for FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 after beating Jordan U20 national team with a score of 2-0 in the AFC U20 Asian Cup 2023 at Lokomotiv Stadium, Tashkent.
Connect with a good moment and approach the opponent’s goal while skillfully developing to the side. Koudai Sano’s mid-range shots from a distance on both occasions failed to catch the target.
In the 28th minute, he stole the ball from the opposing team and activated a short counter. Hidemasa Koda delivered a slanted pass from the right front of the penalty area, and Sota Kitano reacted from the far side with a right-footed shot that landed above the crossbar.
In the 41st minute, Kyu Matsuki received a cross from a grounder from the right side of Yusei Yashiki on the near side, and with a skillful touch the ball evaded the opponent and sent a side pass in front of the goal. In the end, Issai Sakamoto fired a direct shot with his right foot but lacked accuracy in finishing and failed to score. Wrap the first half scoreless.
In the second half, even if they lost the ball, they quickly regained it with their quick-switching defense. Don’t give your opponent freedom to attack.
Then, in the 54th minute, Kitano entered the left side of the penalty area and turned around after stealing the ball with a high press. robbed.
In the 70th minute, Kitano cut in from the left flank and fired a grounder’s shot, which was deflected by the goalkeeper, and substitute Naoki Kumada reacted. He pushed in with his head and marked the fourth goal of the tournament. The match ended as it was, and Japan advanced to the last four.
As a result, Japan qualified for the World Cup. The semi-finals will kick off at 19:00 on the 15th Japan time and will face Iraq.
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