Japan vs Saudi Arabia, the final qualifier for the Qatar World Cup in Asia, took place late last night.
The game kicked off at 2am, so I was really sleepy, but I managed to watch it through my sleepy eyes, even re-subscribing to DAZN…
I don’t have much to say about the game as I’m sure you all know what happened.
It was just a disappointing game.
Even a novice like me has doubts about Moriyasu’s use of players.
Why did he continue to use Gaku Shibasaki, who lost the ball so often, in the second half? He may have a good sense of passing, but if he keeps losing the ball all the time, it’s no good.
Shibasaki was a perfect target.
Fans all over Japan were screaming at the result.
On Twitter, the hashtag #Moriyasu Sacked was trending for a while.
— ヴィニシウス・ジュニオール@KONAMI垢 (@soccergk_) October 7, 2021
It was a baptism of fire for the away team, but it was still a very incendiary one.
Well, when it comes to the final qualifying round of the World Cup, you have to be prepared for that sort of thing.
After yesterday’s game, I was curious to see the data of each player in the Sorare.
I didn’t bother to look at it, but I was curious, so here it is.
Data results of Japan national team players in Sorare
- GK Shuichi Gonda Decisive Score: 35.0
- DF Masaya Yoshida Decisive Score: 22.0
- DF Tatsuhiro Tomiyasu Decisive Score: 35.0
- DF Hiroki Sakai Decisive Score: 35.0
- DF Yuto Nagatomo Decisive Score: 35.0
- MF Wataru Endo Decisive Score: 35.0
- MF Gaku Shibasaki Decisive Score: 15.0
- MF Takumi Minamino Decisive Score: 35.0
- MF Daichi Kamata Decisive Score: 35.0
- MF Takuma Asano Decisive Score: 35.0
- FW Yuya Osako Decisive Score: 35.0
The lowest score of the whole tournament was given to Gaku Shibasaki, who assisted his teammate with a back pass.
A fatal mistake gave him a Decisive Score of 15.
The number Error Lead To Goal1 says it all.
All Around Score：4.7
- General：Fouls (1)：-0.5
- Was Fouled (1)：0.5
- Won Tackle (1)：3.0
- Goals Conceded (1)：-2.0
- Possession Lost (19)：-9.5
- Possession Won (5)：2.5
- Duel Lost (5)：-2.5
- Interception Won (1)：2.0
- Duel Won (3)：1.5
- Successful Final Third Passes (11)：3.3
- Accurate Pass (31)：3.1
- Missed Pass (11)：-2.2
- Accurate Long Balls (4)：2.0
- Big Chance Created (0)
- Shots On Goal (1)：3.0
- Penalty Area Entries (1)：0.5
As you can see from the data, Possession Lost – 9.5, Duel Lost – 2.5.
I think Moriyasu was hoping for a Big Chance Created in the second half, but there were no big chances created.
So a total score of 15 is a normal figure. I would have rather had a negative score.
On the other hand, I think Tomiyasu was good.
He was calm all the time, and there were some scenes to destroy the chance of the opponent.
I think he is the one who will carry Japan in the future.
I think it’s a good idea to appoint him captain now. It’s a lot of pressure, but for the future of the national team, I think it’s the right thing to do.
Change your mind and watch the Nations League semi-final
After the Japan game, I decided to watch the Nations League semi-final between Belgium and France, which was being streamed live on DAZN.
This game was really interesting.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the frustration of the Japan game was dissipated in one fell swoop.
In the first half, goals from Carrasco and Lukaku gave Belgium a 2-0 lead going into the second half. The game was won by Belgium? It was a relief to see Belgium win the game.
Benzema, Mbappe and Theo Hernandez all scored to give France a 3-2 win.
It was one of the most interesting big matches I’ve seen this year.
After all, it is always fun to watch a match between world class players.
After watching this match, I think that Japan should not participate in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. I think they should not play in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
If they do, they will probably end up losing all their qualifiers. I feel sorry for those countries that can’t make it!
However, the final qualifying round is not over yet. We have said all we can say, but there is still the intercontinental play-off if we finish third, so we must not give up yet.
As long as I am Japanese, I will continue to support the Japanese national football team!
Let’s win the next game against Australia!
See you soon!