On Tuesday 26 March, the U-22 Japan National Team played their third match of the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers against the host nation, Myanmar and won the match 7-0.
In their third and final match of the qualifier, Japan started KOJIMA Ryosuke (Oita Trinita) in goal, with HARA Teruki (Sagan Tosu), TATSUTA Yugo (Shimizu S-Pulse), and MACHIDA Koki (Kashima Antlers) forming the defence line. MATSUMOTO Taishi (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) and NAKAYAMA Yuta (PEC Zwolle) played the defensive midfield role, while FUJITANI So (Vissel Kobe) and SUGIOKA Daiki (Shonan Bellmare) were positioned in the flanks. With MAEDA Daizen (Matsumoto Yamaga FC) playing as the lone striker, MIYOSHI Koji (Yokohama F・Marinos) and IWASAKI Yuto (Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo) were positioned right beneath him.
Compared to the previous two matches where Japan faced opponents who dropped deep in their territory to defend the goal, the host nation came out aggressively to apply numbers in their offence while keeping a high defence line. With the two offensive minded teams clashing, it was Japan who took the initiative of the match......
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