Japan vs. Saudi Arabia, the final qualifier for the Qatar World Cup Asia, was held late last night.
The game kicked off at 2 a.m., so I was really sleepy, but I managed to watch it while rubbing my sleepy eyes, even re-subscribing to DAZN…
I don’t have anything to say about the game, as I’m sure you all know about it by now.
It was just a disappointing game.
Even a layman like me has doubts about the way coach Moriyasu uses his players.
Why did he continue to use Gaku Shibasaki, who lost the ball so often, in the second half? It is true that he may have a good sense of passing, but if he keeps losing the ball all the time, it’s not worth talking about.
He was completely targeted by Shibasaki, wasn’t he?
Fans all over Japan were screaming when they saw the result of the game.
On Twitter, the #Moriyasu dismissal hashtag became a trending topic for a while.
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— ヴィニシウス・ジュニオール@KONAMI垢 (@soccergk_) October 7, 2021
Even though it was a baptism of fire, it seemed to be a tremendous stir.
Well, when it comes to the final qualifying round of the World Cup, you have to be prepared for something like this.
Now, after watching yesterday’s game, I was curious about the data of each player in Sorare.
I don’t need to bother looking 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 Kamada Decisive Score：35.0
- MF Takuma Asano Decisive Score：35.0
- FW Yuya Osako Decisive Score：35.0
While the score was low overall, the lowest score was given to Gaku Shibasaki, who assisted his opponent with a back pass.
A fatal mistake gave him a Decisive Score of 15.
Error Lead To Goal1: This number 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, and the data clearly shows that the team is weak in one-on-one encounters.
I think Coach Moriho continued to use them in the second half, hoping for a Big Chance Created, but there were no Big Chance Created.
So, a total score of 15 is not surprising. I’d rather have a negative score.
On the other hand, I think it was Tomiyasu who was good.
He was calm all the time, and there were several scenes where he crushed the opponents’ chances.
I think he is one of the people who will carry Japan in the future.
I think it would be a good idea to appoint him as captain from now on. I’m sure it’s a lot of pressure, but considering the future of the national team, wouldn’t it be better?
Change your mind and watch the Nations League semifinals
After the Japan match, I decided to watch the Nations League semifinal between Belgium and France, which was being streamed live on DAZN.
This game was really interesting.
It’s no exaggeration to say that all the frustration I had accumulated from the Japan match dissipated at once.
In the first half, goals by Carrasco and Lukaku gave Belgium a 2-0 lead going into the second half. I was relieved to see that Belgium had won the game. It was a short time before I felt relieved.
In the second half, France came out on top, winning 3-2 with goals from Benzema, Mbappe, and Theo Hernandez.
It was one of the most interesting big matches I’ve seen this year.
After all, it’s always fun to watch a match between world class players.
After watching this match, I think that the Japanese national team should not participate in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. I think it would be better for Japan not to participate in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
With the current state of the team, they will probably end up losing all of their qualifying matches. I feel bad for the powerful countries that can’t make it!
However, the final qualifying round is not over yet. I have said what I want to say so far, but there will be an intercontinental playoff if we finish third, so we should not give up yet.
As long as I am Japanese, I will continue to support the Japan national soccer team!
Let’s win the next match against Australia!
See you soon!