On Wednesday 27 July, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) played their third and final match of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan against the Korea Republic National Team at Toyota Stadium. With a 3-0 victory over their AFC rival, Japan claimed their first East Asian title in four tournaments, which also represented their first title under the current regime of Head Coach MORIYASU Hajime.
SOMA Yuki (Nagoya Grampus) scored the opener and assisted the team’s second goal scored by SASAKI Sho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima). It was MACHINO Shuto (Shonan Bellmare) who scored the team’s third goal, as Soma and Machino topped the scorer rankings with three goals apiece. Soma was named as the tournament MVP, while TANIGUCHI Shogo (Kawasaki Frontale) was named as the best defender.
After winning over Hong Kong and drawing 0-0 with China PR, Japan entered the third match in second place, trailing two points behind Korea Republic, who were coming off back to back wins in their search for their fourth consecutive E-1 title. .....
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