Japan missed a victory over Russia at the last minute.
The third match of the , against Russia
Both Japan and Russia lost two games and they faced each other with zero points.
The two country didn’t have possibility to pass the group stage, because Australia and USA already decided to advance to finals, so they played for only pride.
F – F
MC – MC – MR
DL – DC – DC – DR
OML – OMC
DMC – DMC
DL – DC – DC – DC – DR
For, it can be said the performance was not so bad.
Of course Russia had better stats, but it was in the nature of things considering strength of the both teams.
If there had not been the injury and red card,wouldn’t have missed a victory over Russia due to a last-minute equaliser.
Okada who also had received a red card in the opening match against USA repeats a foul in his club as well and he was sent off four times in the latest six games.
There is no doubt in his ability, but it would be questionable that such player plays for a nation.
In the end, the score was 2-2, Japan was eliminated from the competition with one point.
Interview with Japan national coach
Interview with the Japan NCwho is the manager of
“Red cad again, didn’t he?”
“He have to learn self control.
If he send off, I was going to put Arinori Mikami.
Mikami has high Adaptability, so he can play at side.
“Some different players from last two games played”
“As we didn’t have possibility to advance, I used a bit younger players.
And Iemitsu Nishitani has too low routine for NT, but the situation might change in the future because routine effect change.
I was going to give him chance to play if possible”