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U-18 Japan National Team drops first match of the 25th Lisbon International Tournament U18

10 June 2019

U-18 Japan National Team drops first match of the 25th Lisbon International Tournament U18

The 25th Lisbon International Tournament vs U-18 Portugal National Team
Sunday 9 June 2019 17:00 (Local time) Match duration 90mins (45mins x2)
Cruz Quebrada / Cidade do Futebol, Lisbon, Portugal

U-18 Japan National Team 0-3 (0-3, 0-0) U-18 Portugal National Team

6' goal against (U-18 Portugal National Team)
43' goal against (U-18 Portugal National Team)
45' goal against (U-18 Portugal National Team)

Starting Line-up
MF: SHIBATA Sosuke, OGURA Hinata, ISHIURA Taiga, NISHIDO Hisatoshi, ODA Yutaro

GK: KOKUBO Leobrian

33' OGURA Hinata → HARUYAMA Misaki
54' TABIRA Tatsuya → HAYASHIDA Kaito
63' ODA Yutaro → MATSUMURA Yuta
71' NISHIDO Hisatoshi → MATSUDA Eitaro

Match Report

On Sunday 9 June, the U-18 Japan National Team played their first match of the 25th Lisbon International Tournament U18 against the host nation, the U-18 Portugal National Team. Ahead of the match, acting coach TOGASHI Koichi reminded his players of the team concept and sent the players off by demanding them to perform based on their concept.

From the beginning of the match, Japan showcased quick pressure in defence while taking a collective approach to limit the pass range for the opponents. With their defence showing its effectiveness, Japan got off to a smooth start. Portugal, on the other hand, saw Japan applying aggressive pressure from the front line and switched their approach to utilise the width of the field. Their change in tactics proved to be effective in the sixth minute, when they made a long switch to the left side before sending a diagonal ball towards the centre. The Portuguese attackers successfully penetrated the space behind the Japanese defence to capture the opening goal. Despite their positive start to the match, it was evident that Japan was deeply affected by this goal. While they showed signs of struggle to keep up with the opposing attackers, Japan also had difficulties creating anything in offence, as ODA Yutaro’s shot in the 30th minute was their first attempt at goal. In efforts to change the dynamics of the match, HARUYAMA Misaki was brought onto the pitch to replace OGURA Hinata in the 33rd minute. However, Japan conceded back-to-back goals in the 43rd and 45th minute to enter halftime with a three-goal deficit.

Japan continued to struggle against Portugal in the second half, as they made three more substitutions to break the rhythm of their opponents but fell short from creating any threats. The match ended with a final score of 0-3, giving the home side a sweeping victory to start off the tournament.

The U-18 Japan National Team will now face the U-18 Norway National Team on Thursday 18.

Players’ Comments

GK #12 MITSUI Daiki (Nagoya Grampus U-18)
In today’s match against Portugal, I wasn’t able to showcase my strengths at all and we were left with a very disappointing 0-3 loss. It reminded me that we need to showcase our very best performance in order to compete with opponents at this level, so we will learn from this experience to do better in our next match.

DF #2 MIHARA Shuma (Ehime FC U-18)
This was my first call-up to the national team and with this being my first international tournament, I was able to enter the match with a good amount of nervousness. I personally saw flaws in my response against the opponent’s dribbles and my timing to get myself involved in our attacks. As a team, I thought we need to communicate more and make adjustments on the pitch. We will work to improve ourselves ahead of the next match and fight as a team to earn a win.

MF #14 ISHIURA Taiga (Tokyo Verdy Youth)
Although I was given the opportunity to play on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes, I wasn’t able to score or assist any goals, so I am very disappointed in myself. I want to win the next match to prove that size doesn’t matter in this game.


The 25th Lisbon International Tournament U18
Sun. 9 June 0-3 1st Match vs U-18 Portugal National Team
(Cruz Quebrada / Cidade do Futebol)
Mon. 10 June AM Training
Tue. 11 June PM Training Match vs CD Mafra
Wed. 12 June AM Training
Thu. 13 June 16:00 2nd Match vs U-18 Norway National Team
(Mafra / Municipal Sports Park)

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

The 25th Lisbon International Tournament U18

Tournament Dates: Sun. 9 - Thu. 13 June 2019

1st Match:
Mon. 10 June 2019 1:00 (Japan time)
vs Portugal National Team

2nd Match:
Fri. 14 June 2019 0:00 (Japan time)
vs Norway National Team

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