Japan loses a match with Australia.
Faces Australia in the second match of
was defeated by USA in the opening game in the World Cup met Australia at the second match.that
MC – MC – MC – MR
DL – DC – DC – DR
F – F
ML – MC – MC – MR
DL – DC – DC – DC – DR
Japan started with defensive formation.
Until the mid-game, both teams were evenly matched.
But the difference of the keeper of both teams appeared to score.
If Maki had played, Japan might have led.
needed points since they lost their first game, so they changed formation to offensive one gradually.
Toward the end of the game, Japan replaced midfielder by forward and played more offensively, but as a consequence they lost possession and Australia had more chances.
Final score was 1-4 and Japan suffered consecutive defeats.
Interview with Japan national coach
Interview with the Japan NCwho is the manager of
“More defensive tactics than against USA, didn’t you?”
“Maki’s absence was a blow.
He is key player of our defense.
Against USA, I tried counter attack, on the other hand, I aimed to reduce chances of the opponent by high possession.
If he had been able to play, we could have had another tactics and another result, I think”
“Losing two games, it became decided that we would be eliminated”
“It’s a shame.
I’m sorry for supporters.
We will still fight next match with Russia for the pride”