On Thursday 1 November, the U-19 Japan National Team faced the U-19 Saudi Arabia National Team in the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Championship Indonesia 2018.
The team trailed two goals in the first half and came short from scoring the goal, ending the tournament with a 0-2 loss in the final four.
The only two teams who won all three matches of the group stage, Japan and Saudi Arabia, squared off in the semi-finals. The U-19 Japan National Team started WAKAHARA Tomoya (Kyoto Sanga F.C.) in goal while HASHIOKA Daiki (Urawa Reds), SEKO Ayumu (Cerezo Osaka U-18), and MIKUNI Kenedeiebusu (Aomori Yamada High School) formed the three-man defence line. YAMADA Kota (Yokohama F・Marinos) and ITO Hiroki (Jubilo Iwata) were placed in the defensive midfield position while ISHIHARA Hirokazu (Shonan Bellmare) and OGIWARA Takuya (Urawa Reds) positioned themselves in the flanks. TAGAWA Kyosuke (Sagan Tosu) was named as the lone striker where HARA Taichi (F.C. Tokyo) and TAKI Yuta (Shimizu S-Pulse) were placed just beneath him......
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