One-top Ueda PK ‘Bang’

The Japanese national team, led by head coach Moriyasu Hajime, is leading 1-0 in the third Group D match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup group qualifying round against Indonesia, which kicked off at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar at 8:30 p.m. on the 24th (Korea time).

As soon as the first half began, Japan attacked, and opponent defender Levine Sulaka lifted one-top Ueda’s waist and fell over. The referee declared a penalty kick after reading the video, which Ueda succeeded.

If Japan beats Indonesia on the day, it will have two wins and one loss, confirming the second place in Group D after Iraq. If Indonesia loses, it will have one win and two losses, and its advance to the round of 16 will be decided by comparing its performance with the third place in other groups.

Meanwhile, ahead of the match, Japan operated some rotations based on the 4-2-3-1 formation to form a selection list by mixing key players and candidates.

Ueda stood at the front line. Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Doan Ritsu (Freiburg), and Keito Nakamura (Starde Langs) supported the team in the second line.

Captain Endo Wataru of Japan and Leo Hatate of Celtic will be in charge of the midfield. The defense is made up of Koki Machida (Winion Saint-Ziluazu), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Astern), Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield), and Seiya Maikuma (Cerezo Osaka). The goal is being guarded by Zaion Suzuki (Sintrauiden).


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