On Thursday 14 November, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) faced the Kyrgyz Republic National Team at Bishkek in their fourth group stage match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Asian Qualification round two. With the help of the goals scored by MINAMINO Takumi (FC Red Bull Salzburg) and HARAGUCHI Genki (Hannover 96), the team won the match 2-0 to remain in first place at Group F.
In this match, NAGATOMO Yuto (Galatasaray S.K.) marked his 122nd international cap, tying Mr. IHARA Masami for second most caps in Japan National Team history. Also, in this match, YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton FC) reached his 100th cap with the Japan National Team.
Following their match against Tajikistan, Japan made four changes to their line-up, as ENDO Wataru (VfB Stuttgart) was positioned as the defensive midfielder along with SHIBASAKI Gaku (Deportivo de La Coruna), while Haraguchi and ITO Junya (KRC Genk) were named in the flanks. It was NAGAI Kensuke (F.C. Tokyo) who played as the lone striker upfront......
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