On Wednesday 7 June, SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) faced Syria National Team at Tokyo Stadium in the KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP 2017. The Japanese squad conceded a goal at the beginning of the second half, but drew the match after KONNO Yasuyuki (Gamba Osaka) scored an equaliser.
The following match was the final tester for Japan before they head to Teheran in 6 days and compete against Iraq in the 2018 World Cup Final Asian Qualifiers.
Japanese coach regarded Syria as ‘a team similar to Iraq’ and selected three players in midfield—Konno, who has returned to the team for the first time since the UAE match in March, KAGAWA Shinji (Borussia Dortmund), and YAMAGUCHI Hotaru (Cerezo Osaka). Making his third appearance in the national squad, defender SHOJI Gen (Kashima Antlers) paired up for the first time with YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton FC) as one of the central halves as well.....
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