On Sunday 24 July, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) played their second match of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan against the China PR National Team at Toyota Stadium. Despite their dominance in ball possession, Japan drew the match 0-0.
On this day, Korea Republic defeated Hong Kong 3-0 to mark their second consecutive win and to take a two point lead over Japan. China PR earned their first point to rank third, while Hong Kong are in fourth with back to back losses. Japan will face the three time defending champions Korea Republic with the East Asian title on the line in their final match.
Following their 6-0 victory over Hong Kong on Tuesday 19, Head Coach MORIYASU Hajime rotated his entire starting line-up. OSAKO Keisuke (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) was given the start in goal, with KOIKE Ryuta (Yokohama F. Marinos), NAKATANI Shinnosuke (Nagoya Grampus), ARAKI Hayato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), and SASAKI Sho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) forming the four-man defence line. In the midfield, HASHIMOTO Kento (SD Huesca) and NOTSUDA Gakuto (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) were placed as the defensive midfielders, while WAKIZAKA Yasuto (Kawasaki Frontale) was named as the attacking midfielder. .....
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