Japan play a match again

This is not the international break we need or wanted but it is the one that we have and while most of East Asia are staying put Japan have travelled to Holland. The trip then saw them take part in a friendly which pretty much summed up this pandemic with a goalless draw against Cameroon. 

Goalless in Holland 

It was the first Japan match since December and despite everything happening around the world it was a pretty strong starting 11. After the time away clearly the national team coach Moriyasu wanted to try and get some of the key players a run-out. 

Despite Minamino of Liverpool, Ōsako of Werder Bremen and the former Southampton and now Sampdoria defender Yoshida, it was a dull match in all. As Cameroon was also playing for the first time since the end of 2019, the nations would have been happy with the match time despite the lack of goals. 

The Japan side that only featured players plying their trade in Europe due to COVID restrictions will hope for some goals when they face Ivory Coast on Tuesday also in Utrecht, Holland. 

In all it was a good defensive display though and below are the player ratings taking from Yahoo Japan report on the match;

S. Gonda - 7/10

M. Yoshida - 6/10
T. Tomiyasu - 7/10 
H. Sakai - 7/10
K. Anzai - 6/10
Y. Nakayama - 7/10
G. Haraguchi - 7/10
G. Shibasaki - 8/10 MOTM
R. Doan - 6/10
T. Minamino - 6/10 

Y. Ōsako - 6/10 
J. Ito (sub) - 7/10

T. Kubo (sub) - 6/10 
D. Kamada (sub) - 6/10 

Y. Sugawara (sub) - Played only the last minutes. 

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