On Tuesday 27 September, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) played their second match of the KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP 2022 against the Ecuador National Team at Dusseldorf Arena. Thanks to the penalty-kick saved by goalkeeper SCHMIDT Daniel (Sint-Truidense VV), Japan managed to end their last tour before finalising their roster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ with a record of one win and one draw.
Aiming to add depth to their roster and further build their team's strength in anticipation of the World Cup starting in November, coach MORIYASU Hajime rotated the entire starting line-up from their match against the USA on Friday 23.
Maintaining the 4-2-3-1 formation, FURUHASHI Kyogo (Celtic FC) started up top with MINAMINO Takumi (AS Monaco) in the centre, while MITOMA Kaoru (Brighton & Hove Albion FC) and DOAN Ritsu (SC Freiburg) were placed in the flanks. SHIBASAKI Gaku (CD Leganes) and TANAKA Ao (Fortuna Dusseldorf) were paired to anchor the midfield. .....
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