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U-19 Japan Futsal National Team qualify for AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 with close victory over U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team

04 December 2018

U-19 Japan Futsal National Team qualify for AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 with close victory over U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team

AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Qualifiers vs U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team
Mon. 3 December 2018 Kick-off 13:00 (Local time) Match Duration 40mins (20mins x2)
Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

U-19 Japan Futsal National Team 4-2 (2-0, 2-2) U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team

Scores
7' OTSUKA Hiroto (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)
20' YAMADA Jiei (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)
21' goal against
26' goal against
27' OTSUKA Hiroto (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)
39' YAMADA Jiei (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)

Starting Line-up
GK: TABUCHI Hiroshi
FP: HATAKEYAMA Yuki, OSAWA Masashi, TAKAHASHI Yudai, MORI Gensuke

Reserves
GK: INANO Shin
FP: KIMURA Yuta, YAMADA Jiei, HAGIWARA Manatsu, MOTOISHI Takehiro, YAMADA Kaito, OTSUKA Hiroto, HASHIMOTO Reira, IGUCHI Rintaro

Match Report

On Monday 3 December, the U-19 Japan Futsal National Team played their second match of the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Qualifiers against the U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team.

Japan had beaten Macau in their first match and they were in position to win out of the qualifiers with a draw or better in this match. Prior to the match, Japan’s Coach SUZUKI sent off the players by saying, “There may be times where the opponents will take control of the match, but you must keep your composure and anticipate for the opportunities. Let’s beat Hong Kong and get through the qualifiers.”

Carrying their momentum from their sweeping victory over Macau on the day before, Hong Kong showed great aggression to deny Japan from creating opportunities in the early minutes of the match. However, in the seventh minute, Japan opened the scoring when OTSUKA Hiroto, who scored a hat-trick in the previous match, captured the goal. Another player who recorded a hat-trick in their earlier match, YAMADA Jiei, extended the Japanese lead at the end of the first half, making the score 2-0 at half time.

The Hong Kong side who had to win in order to advance to the Championship, rallied back in the second half. At the start of the second half, they managed to cut the deficit in half by scoring from a freekick. Now with the momentum on their side, Hong Kong equalised the match just five minutes later, levelling the score line at 2-2.

The second goal brought great joy to the Hong Kong side, however, Japan managed to keep their composure. Just a minute following the equaliser, Otsuka captured his second goal of the match to put Japan ahead once again. The match would enter a deadlock from there, but with their back against the wall, Hong Kong started to lose their composure and made numbers of unforced errors. Following a four-second violation committed by the opposing goalkeeper, Yamada sealed the deal by scoring the fourth goal off an indirect freekick. The match ended with a final score of 4-2 and gave Japan the ticket to the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019.

The Japan Futsal National Team successfully won through the qualifiers, and a warm round of applause was given to the Japanese players after the match.

Coach and Players' Comments

SUZUKI Ryuji, Coach
We have just qualified for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the players, staffs, and all the supporters of the U-19 Japan Futsal National Team. We will keep working hard to prepare for this competition which will take place next June.

FP #8 HASHIMOTO Reira (Okayama Sakuyo High School)
Today we qualified for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 by beating Hong Kong. We have limited time before the championship, but I will work on my weak points and try to improve myself ahead of the tournament so that I can get called up to the team again.

FP #10 YAMADA Kaito (Agleymina Hamamatsu)
I am relieved to qualify for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 by winning these two matches. We faced some difficult stretches, but we fought hard as a team and managed to earn the wins. Ahead of the tournament, I will work to develop my individual level so that I can get selected into the squad again. I will like to thank everyone who has travelled all the way to support us and everybody who were cheering for us from Japan.

FP #12 KIMURA Yuta (Espolada Hokkaido)
We have won the match against Hong Kong and qualified for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019. Thank you very much for your support. Unlike the previous match, we faced some difficult times as our opponents took control of the match for some stints. But we managed to stay patient and defend through those tough stretches, and ultimately that has given us this victory. Once I return to my club, I will keep working hard so that I can be called up to the national team at the championship.

FP #13 OTSUKA Hiroto (Yaita Chuo High School)
It was a very difficult match, but I am glad we managed to fight as a team and earn the victory. We still have many things to work on both as a team and as individuals, so once we all return to our country, we must all work hard to improve ourselves. I will give my best to return to this team for of the championship.

FP #14 YAMADA Jiei (Lido di Ostia/Italy)
Despite facing some difficult times, I am happy that we managed to go through the qualifiers by beating Hong Kong. Once I return to my team in Italy, I will continue to work hard so that I can be selected by the national team again.

Schedule

AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Qualifiers
Sat. 1 December 18-0 1st Match vs. U-19 Macau Futsal National Team
(Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex)
Sun. 2 December TBC Training
Mon. 3 December 4-2 2nd Match vs U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team
(Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex)

*Local time
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.

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