THE SECOND HALF STARTS
After halftime, the second half of the match begins.
END OF THE FIRST HALF
Japan partially beat Paraguay 2-0 at home
The referee adds one more minute
43′ JAPAN SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOORES ⚽
Daichi Kamada scores the second goal for Japan, thanks to a header in the opposition box.
New attempt from Asano, perfectly held by the Paraguayan goalkeeper
Deflected shot from Oscar Romero in favor of Paraguay.
36′ JAPAN SCOOOOOOOOOOOORES ⚽
Takuma Asano scores the first goal of the match, after a chip in front of the Paraguayan goalkeeper.
Oscar Romero’s free kick for Paraguay is blocked by the Japanese goalkeeper.
Shot by Blas Riveros in favor of Paraguay, perfectly stopped by the Japanese goalkeeper.
25′ Ball possession
Paraguay find no way to hurt Japan
Free kick deflected in favor of Japan. Ritsu Dōan didn’t have the best execution.
Genki Haraguchi shoots again from mid-range and the ball hits an opponent.
Genki Haraguchi’s deflected shot for Japan
Paraguay start looking for pressure on the Japanese team early in the game
Kaoru Mitoma’s attempt on the Japanese left flank fails.
THE GAME STARTS
The ball is rolling and the friendly match is underway
The selected teams enter the field and the national anthems sound
Paraguay starting Xl
Japan starting Xl
The two teams have met 10 times, of which Japan have won four games, they have drawn four other games and Paraguay have won only two.
The last clash
The last game played between the two teams was in 2019 and ended with Japan winning 2-0. Interestingly, this was also part of a friendly FIFA date.
Everything is ready
In less than an hour, the game between Japan and Paraguay will start, corresponding to the date of the FIFA friendly match.
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Squad – Japan
1 KAWASHIMA Eiji (RC Strasbourg/France)
12 GONDA Shuichi (Shimizu S-Pulse)
23 SCHMIDT Daniel (Sint-Truidense VV/Belgium)
28 OSAKO Keisuke (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
5 NAGATOMO Yuto (FC Tokyo)
22 YOSHIDA Maya (UC Sampdoria/Italy)
3 Shogo TANIGUCHI (Kawasaki Frontal)
2 YAMANE Miki (Kawasaki Frontal)
4 ITAKURA Kou (FC Schalke 04/Germany)
20 NAKAYAMA Yuta (PEC Zwolle/Netherlands)
16 TOMIYASU Takehiro (Arsenal/England)
26 ITO Hiroki (VfB Stuttgart/Germany)*
27 SUGAWARA Yukinari (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
8 HARAGUCHI Genki (1.FC Union Berlin/Germany)
7 SHIBASAKI Gaku (CD Leganes/Spain)
6 ENDO Wataru (VfB Stuttgart/Germany)
14 ITO Junya (KRC Genk/Belgium)
18 ASANO Takuma (VfL Bochum/Germany)
10 MINAMINO Takumi (Liverpool FC/England)
19 FURUHASHI Kyogo (Celtic FC/Scotland)
13 MORITA Hidemasa (CD Santa Clara/Portugal)
9 KAMADA Daichi (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany)
15 MITOMA Kaoru (Union Royale Saint‑Gilloise/Belgium)
24 MAEDA Daizen (Celtic FC/Scotland)
21 DOAN Ritsu (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands)
25 UEDA Ayase (Kashima wood)
17 TANAKA Ao (Fortuna Dusseldorf/Germany)
11 KUBO Takefusa (RCD Mallorca/Spain)
Squad – Paraguay
Antony Silva (Puebla – Mexico), Juan Espínola (Godoy Cruz – Argentina), Santiago Rojas (Nacional – Paraguay). Gustavo Gómez (Palmeiras – Brazil), Fabián Balbuena (Dinamo Moscú – Russia), Omar Alderete (Valencia – España), David Martínez (River Plate –Argentina), Blas Riveros (Brondby – Dinamarca), Santiago Arzamendia (Cádiz – España), Luis Zárate (Olympia – Paraguay), Alan Benítez (Cerro Porteño – Paraguay), Iván Cazal (Sol de America – Paraguay). Andrés Cubas (Vancouver Whitecaps – Canada), Richard Sánchez (America – Mexico), Jesús Medina (CSKA – Russia), Matías Galarza (Coritiba FC – Brazil), Óscar Romero (Boca Júniors – Argentina), Jorge Morel (Estudiantes – Argentina) , Mathías Villasanti (Gremio – Brazil), Richard Ortiz (Olimpia – Paraguay), Josué Colmán (Guaraní – Paraguay), Derlis González (Olimpia – Paraguay), Ángel Cardozo Lucena (Cerro Porteño – Paraguay). Gabriel Ávalos (Argentinos Júniors – Argentina), Sebastián Ferreira (Houston Dynamo FC – EEUU), Miguel Almirón (Newcastle – Inglaterra), Ángel Romero (Cruz Azul – Mexico).
Who will be the referee and his assistants?
Referee: Christophe Beath
Assistant 1: Ashlye Beecham
Assistant 2: Anton Schetinin
Fourth Official: Ryo Tanimoto
Unfortunately, Paraguay failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Guarani team finished in eighth place with a total of 16 points. For the South American team, the road to the next World Cup in 2026 begins with these preparation matches
Japan come into this match after qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Asian team qualified in second place from Group B in the third round of the FIFA Asian Qualifiers. From now on, Paraguay will be their first opponent in their preparation matches.
The match will be played at Sapporo Dome
The Sapporo Dome is a stadium where it is possible to play both football and baseball. This sports complex is located in the city of Sapporo, Japan. It hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan and has a maximum capacity of 42,300 spectators. It was inaugurated in 2001.
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