Japan do battle with Uruguay

On Friday Japan takes on Uruguay at the Copa America a competition in which Moriyasu is trying out a new look side. It did not start well for the Japanese as they lost their opening match 4-0 to Chile. It is not expected to get any easier and another tough game awaits the blue samurai. 

A learning experience 

This looks like being a good tester for Japan as they look forward to World Cup qualifiers in September. The country invited to the tournament didn't get a warm welcome as they were well beaten 4-0 by defending champions Chile.

Next up the inexperienced defence will have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to deal with. It does not look like it will get much easier for the side then.

The Uruguayan's am sure will not take this match lightly too and this was seen as their defender Diego Laxal commented "We watched a little bit of their match. The score maybe was not deserved because they had a few chances, with lots of missed opportunities. I saw them with high intensity, great speed, great players as well. I don't see it as an easy game whatsoever. We already played against Japan a few months ago and it was hard for us. So, we must think that we're facing a great opponent."

Japan win over Uruguay in October should not be considered too much going into this match as this side is much more of a U23 side. The reason for this is with Japan hosting the Olympics in 2020 they want a football side ready to compete in Tokyo.

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