On Wednesday 29 May, the U-20 Japan National Team faced the U-20 Italy National Team in their third group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. After both sides showcased an intense battle for the entire 90 minutes, the match ended in a scoreless draw.
Japan made four changes from their starting line-up in their second match against Mexico, as WAKAHARA Tomoya started in goal with the defence line featuring SUGAWARA Yukinari, MIKUNI Kenedeiebusu, KOBAYASHI Yuki, and HIGASHI Shunki. It was SAITO Mitsuki and ITO Hiroki named in the defensive midfield role, while NISHIKAWA Jun and YAMADA Kota were placed in the flanks. SAITO Koki and TAGAWA Kyosuke were the two strikers named upfront.
The match saw Japan being the aggressor in the early minutes. Saito Mitsuki started the action in the second minute by striking a shot from distance to threaten the Italian goal. A golden opportunity was created in the ninth minute when Tagawa was brought down inside the box to earn a penalty kick. However, the shot taken by Ito was saved by a superb effort made the Italian goalkeeper......
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