After having shared a sector in the Group Phase of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Mexico national team and its similar to Japan will meet again next Friday, August 6 to seek the bronze medal, recalling that in their last duel the hosts won 2-1 thanks to the goals of Takefusa kubo Y Ritsu doan, while the Aztecs discounted Roberto Alvarado.
This Tuesday, El Tricolor left everything on the field during the semifinals, however, he could not open the bolt of the goal of Brazil, who also suffered to be able to stay with the victory that catapulted him to the grand final.
After running out of regulation time without annotations, everything had to be resolved from the penalty shootout, with La Verdeamarela prevailing 4-1, after the failures of Eduardo Aguirre Y Johan Vasquez, while Carlos Rodriguez was the only one who got it right.
On the other hand, the country of the Rising Sun also left with their heads held high, as they gave a tough fight to Spain, so much so that the 90 minutes ended without goals.
In the end, it all worked out with a genius of Marco Asencio at minute 115 when he entered the area he received the ball and took an impossible shot for the goalkeeper.
Then we leave you the preview, schedule, possible alignments and other information about the meeting between Mexico Y Japan:
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When? Friday, August 6
What time does it start? 06:00 hours (Central Mexico and USA time); 04:00 hours (US Pacific time) and 07:00 hours (US Eastern time)
Where? Kashima Stadium
TV broadcast: Claro Sports, Marca Claro (for YouTube), Channel 5, TUDN, Blim TV and TV Azteca in Mexico; NBCSN, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com and Telemundo Deportes in the US.
Streaming Online: https://olimpicos.marcaclaro.com/tokyo-2020/en-vivo/, www.youtube.com/user/clarosports,www.tudn.mx/ and www.tvazteca.com/aztecadeportes/
After being eliminated on penalties, the coach of the Aztec team, Jaime lozano, He considered that the country should have more players in the best leagues in Europe to be able to compete in international tournaments and that those of Mexican soccer are not just ‘sparks’ in big stages.
“I hope that after the Olympic Games they will go to good clubs, in the elite. We must have more players in Europe in the best leagues to compete against rivals like Brazil who have three consecutive Olympic finals”, said the helmsman.
Likewise, El Jimmy was sincere and accepted that he sought to win the duel this Tuesday as it was, because he knows that La Canarinha it was superior to them for long periods of time.
“I wanted to win anyway, they attacked us with four or five players. I trusted Memo Ochoa because during the game he left a clean sheet against a rival like Brazil. We were not dominating, but we had chances”, culminated.
Secondly, Luis Romo, one of the major reinforcements of the Tricolor, regretted the elimination at the hands of Brazil, but at the same time he expressed that they cannot return to the country empty-handed, so they will give everything to keep the bronze.
“We cannot go home empty-handed. We have to focus on that it is better to come back with a medal than with nothing in our hands. We still have the possibility of fighting for a medal. The chance of a medal in the Olympics is something that It motivates you. We have to fight for the bronze medal and we have to do it in the best way “, argument.
“It was a complicated game. We did not adapt to the field of play, it was very fast. The ball skidded. We played a game that we balanced physically, based on claw and dedication and we died until the end”, ended.
After his fall before Spain, the Japanese star Takefusa kuboHe took what happened very maturely, assuming his mistake, but now looking ahead.
“It is a collective sport, the individual is worth nothing. I recognize the reality, we are not the favorites, this was our opportunity and I am very screwed, really”, launched the player belonging to the Real Madrid.
“It is what it is, we have lost, we have to continue, but it has been a very hard stick, we knew it was going to be complicated but I failed and they got in, it is reality. They were superior and we have to continue, we had that point of and yes , and yes … I know there are no such things, but you have to continue “he added.
Likewise, the attacker shared that he has the desire to offer the bronze medal to his country and that unfortunately no one will remember Japan after having fallen into his goal of reaching the final.
“Those of the absolute were fourth in 2012 and I want to give them a medal at least, it is our obligation, they came to help us and we must help them win at least one medal,” he said.
“It is a collective sport, the individual is worth nothing. Marco entered as a substitute, scored a goal and will be on the cover tomorrow. Spain won and no one remembers Japan, it is reality, but we must give joy to our country and take bronze. Think about the World Cup “, finished.
Mexico (4-3-3): Guillermo Ochoa; César Montes, Johan Vázquez, Vladimir Loroña, Jorge Sánchez; Luis Romo, Sebastián Córdova, Joaquín Esquivel; Alexis Vega, Uriel Antuna and Henry Martín.
Japan (4-4-1-1): Kosei Tani; Kou Itakura, Maya Yoshida, Yuta Nakayama, Hiroki Sakai; Ao Tanaka, Wataru Endo, Ritsu Doan, Reo Hatate; Takefusa Kubo; Daichi Hayashi.
Taking as a reference what happened in the Group Phase, surely Lush He made several notes to try to counteract the Japanese, although in any case it will be an extremely close duel, as were the two semifinals, so it does not look unreasonable that they can go to extra time and even penalties.
Both arrive with a complete equipment and will leave everything on the court knowing that the loser will be left empty-handed, so everything will probably be defined with the genius of a player, as happened with Spain.
Prediction: Mexico 1-0 Japan
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