FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer – World Cup – Asia Qualification – Group B – Saudi Arabia – Japan – King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – October 7, 2021 Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu during the REUTERS / Ahmed Yosri game
HONG KONG: Hajime Moriyasu leads Japan into the duel with Australia on Tuesday with a three-game win in the finals of the Asian World Cup preliminary round, knowing that his team must win to rekindle their challenge and the To dampen speculation about his future.
The Japanese have qualified for every World Cup since their debut in France in 1998, when a team led by Takeshi Okada was forced into a playoff with Iran before taking their place in their very first Final participation confirmed.
Japan is in fourth place in Group B, with only the two best teams guaranteed to move up to Qatar next year.
In October 1997, Shu Kamo was hit by one stroke Fired by Central Asia after a draw with Kazakhstan and replaced by his assistant Okada, who eventually oversaw an upswing that led the Japanese to France.
A similar scenario could play out in the current qualifiers, with Moriyasu following the Oman defeats and Saudi Arabia in the first three games and an appointment with the undefeated Socceroos.
« The Japanese are undoubtedly under pressure because they have only won one in three games, » said Australia coach Graham Arnold before the meeting at Saitama Stadium.
« Every time we step on the field we expect to win the game … and we will do that again on Tuesday. »
Japan face an Australian team who are in qualifying for Qatar Has won a record of eleven games in a row in 2022, and Moriyasu will again have to forego the talents of Mallorca’s Takefusa Kubo.
The Samurai Blue struggled to attack, with Yuya Osako scoring their only goal in a 1-0 win against China last month. Should Japan fail, three out of twelve points would force the football authorities to make a decision on Moriyasu’s future.
Australia lead Group B due to the goal difference with the Saudis, who visited Jeddah against China on Tuesday after the team from Li Tie had her first win of the season against Vietnam.
The first two of Group A will meet in Tehran when the perfect start for Iran is tested by Paulo Bentos South Korea, who is hoping Son Heung-min will get one Can shake off the blow he received in defeating Syria at the beginning.
Iran is on nine points and leads the Koreans by two points, while the rest of the group is far behind.
The one from Bert van Marwijk, who trained United Arab Emirates, competes against compatriot Dick Advocaat, while the former Feyenoord coach brings his Iraqi team to Dubai, while Syria takes on the Li in Amman, Jordan banon scores.
Only the first two places in each group automatically qualify for the World Cup finals.
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