On Tuesday 16 November, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) played their sixth match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ AFC Asian Qualifiers (Road to Qatar) against the Oman National Team at Muscat. With ITO Junya (KRC Genk) scoring the decisive goal in back to back matches, Japan earned their fourth win to move up to second place in Group B.
Japan, who moved up to third place with their victory over Vietnam in Hanoi five days ago, entered the returning leg against Oman, who they lost in the first match of the AFC Asian Qualifiers, aiming to move up to the top two spots in the group that will automatically qualify them into the World Cup.
In order to capitalise on the good momentum created by their back to back victories over Australia and Vietnam, coach MORIYASU Hajime elected to keep most of the starers from their match against Vietnam. The only change was made to replace MORITA Hidemasa (CD Santa Clara), who was suspended for accumulation of yellow cards, giving SHIBASAKI Gaku (CD Leganes) his first start in three matches, as the team maintained their 4-3-3 formation for this match as well. .....
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