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Japan Beach Soccer National Team earns first victory with win over Czech Republic at Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018

19 August 2018

Japan Beach Soccer National Team earns first victory with win over Czech Republic at Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018

Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018
Sat. 18 August 2018 Kick-off time 13:30 (Local time) Match duration 36mins (12mins x3)
Balaton Beach soccer Arena, Siofok, Hungary

Japan Beach Soccer National Team 5-0 (0-0, 1-0, 4-0) Czech Republic Beach Soccer National Team

Scores
16' MATSUO Naoya (Japan Beach Soccer National Team)
27' OBA Takaaki (Japan Beach Soccer National Team)
30' GOTO Takasuke (Japan Beach Soccer National Team)
31' GOTO Takasuke (Japan Beach Soccer National Team)
35' MOREIRA Ozu (Japan Beach Soccer National Team)

Starting Line-up
GK: SHIROTA Yu
FP: MOREIRA Ozu, MATSUDA Kosuke, OBA Takaaki, GOTO Takasuke

Reserves
GK: KAWAI Yusuke
FP: MATSUOKA Shota, TSUBOYA Ryota, MATSUO Naoya, OKUYAMA Masanori

*Free substitutes, KAWAI Yusuke did not play

Match Report

On Saturday 18 August, the Japan Beach Soccer National Team faced the Czech Republic Beach Soccer National Team in their second match of the Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018. The match featured a close battle until midway, but Japan broke away towards the end of the match to earn a 5-0 victory.

Facing the Czech Republic side who has won their first match against Hungary in penalty kicks, Japan entered the match with a great amount of focus. Making adjustments from their first match, they showcased quick transitions while applying aggressive pressure to take the initiative of the match. However, Japan struggled to score the opening goal, despite the efforts made by MOREIRA Ozu from long distance, and the bicycle kicks displayed by GOTO Takasuke and OKUYAMA Masanori. The first period will end scoreless.

Japan continued to show their dominance in the second period, but still struggled to find ways to crack the goal open. However, their long-awaited goal came in the 16th minute, when goalkeeper SHIROTA Yu delivered a throw-in to Goto who controlled the ball to allow the on-running MATSUO Naoya to strike a direct volley shot that captured the goal.

The third period saw Japan adding multiple goals to their tally. In the 27th minute, OBA Takaaki broke through the middle after playing a give-and-go with Okuyama to slot the ball into the net, beating the goalkeeper one-on-one. In the 30th minute, Goto drove MATSUDA Kosuke’s throw-in directly into the goal with his bicycle kick. Goto scored another goal just seconds later, this time striking a direct freekick into the goal to make it 4-0. Japan showcased a solid performance in defence to keep a clean sheet, while finishing the match off with Moreira’s powerful strike from a freekick to mark their first win of the tournament with a final score of 5-0.

On Sunday 19 August, Japan will now face the host, Hungary Beach Soccer National Team in their final match of the tournament, with a kick-off time of 16:15 (Local time).

Players' Comments

FP #6 MATSUO Naoya (Aveldage Kumamoto BS)
We finished yesterday’s match in a bitter tone, so it was difficult to enter today’s match in a positive way. However, the team managed to keep a clean sheet to bring in a positive rhythm for the team. The communication between players and the meetings with the coaches has led to this result. We will continue to work hard to keep on winning.

FP #11 GOTO Takasuke (Tokyo Lequios BS)
Hungary is a wonderful country with beautiful cities and lakes. The climate is nice with low humidity. As a member of the Japan Beach Soccer National Team, we always strive to win matches, so we are satisfied with today’s result. We must nurture a winning mentality, where we win matches regardless of the circumstances. We will continue to strive for a win tomorrow.

Schedule

Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018
Fri. 17 August 3-5 1st Match vs USA (Siofok)
Sat. 18 August 5-0 2nd Match vs Czech Republic (Siofok)
Sun. 19 August 16:15 3rd Match vs Hungary (Siofok)

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

Balaton Beach Soccer Cup 2018

Tournament Dates: Fri. 17 - Sun. 19 August 2018

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