Japan Futsal National Team registers 17 goals in victory over Macau at the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers (10/15-28 @Ordos City, China PR)
23 October 2019
AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers - Eastern Division
1st Match vs Macau Futsal National Team
Tue. 22 October 2019 13:00 (Local time) Match Duration 40mins (20mins x2)
Ordos Sports Centre Gymnasium (Ordos City, China PR)
Japan Futsal National Team 17-2 (10-1, 7-1) Macau Futsal National Team
1' HOSHI Shota (Japan Futsal National Team)
2' YOSHIKAWA Tomoki (Japan Futsal National Team)
5' MUROTA Yuki (Japan Futsal National Team)
5' KATO Minami (Japan Futsal National Team)
7' goal against (Macau Futsal National Team)
7' MORIMURA Takashi (Japan Futsal National Team)
10' HOSHI Shota (Japan Futsal National Team)
11' ANDO Ryohei (Japan Futsal National Team)
13' SHIMIZU Kazuya (Japan Futsal National Team)
14' KATO Minami (Japan Futsal National Team)
14' MUROTA Yuki (Japan Futsal National Team)
21' YOSHIKAWA Tomoki (Japan Futsal National Team)
21' goal against (Macau Futsal National Team)
21' NISHITANI Ryosuke (Japan Futsal National Team)
25' KATO Minami (Japan Futsal National Team)
25' MORIOKA Kaoru (Japan Futsal National Team)
29' MUROTA Yuki (Japan Futsal National Team)
35' HOSHI Shota (Japan Futsal National Team)
35' NIBUYA Kazuhiro (Japan Futsal National Team)
GK: PIRES Higor
FP: HOSHI Shota, NIBUYA Kazuhiro, ANDO Ryohei, YOSHIKAWA Tomoki
GK: SEKIGUCHI Yushi
FP: MUROTA Yuki, SHIMIZU Kazuya, MINAMOTO Akira, TAKITA Manabu, MORIOKA Kaoru, MORIMURA Takashi, KATO Minami, NISHITANI Ryosuke
In their first qualification match for the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020, the Japan Futsal National Team faced the Macau Futsal National Team and earned a victory with a score of 17-2.
Seven teams from Eastern Asia (Chinese Taipei, China PR, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea Republic, Macau) will compete at this qualifier held in Ordos City, China PR, where the teams will be divided into two groups. The group leaders will automatically qualify, while the two runners-up will play a one-match playoff for the third seat for the main tournament scheduled to take place at Turkmenistan in February.
Ahead of the match, coach Bruno GARCIA sent off his players by mentioning, “Regardless of who we face, we must take control of the ball possession, dominate the opponent, and showcase our style of futsal. We must fight in behalf of all of our fans and supporters.”
Japan’s starting line-up featured PIRES Higor in goal, with HOSHI Shota, NIBUYA Kazuhiro, ANDO Ryohei, and YOSHIKAWA Tomoki playing in the field. Japan took full control of the match from the very beginning, as Hoshi scored the opening goal in the first minute, followed by Yoshikawa’s goal in the second minute. Despite conceding a goal to Macau from a penalty kick in the seventh minute, Japan maintained their composure to keep the pressure on. With players like MORIMURA Takashi and KATO Minami scoring goals off the bench, Japan entered halftime with a commanding lead of 10-1.
Japan continued to show their dominance in the second half, as Yoshikawa restarted the scoring in the first minute of the half. After Macau marked their second goal of the match from a free kick, NISHITANI Ryosuke responded right back with a goal. Japan went onto another goal spree in the second half, as Hoshi, Murota, and Kato all marked a hat-trick in a 17-2 victory over Macau.
The Japan Futsal National Team will train on Wednesday 23, before facing the Korea Republic Futsal National Team on Thursday 24.
Coach and Players' Comments
Bruno GARCIA, Coach
Although this was our first match of the tournament, we were able to showcase a good performance today. However, this is just one match, and we must reset our minds ahead of our next match against Korea Republic. The first match of the tournament is always difficult, but our players managed to keep their focus and execute our game plan with perfection. We must not forget that many people have travelled long ways to support us and cheer for us at this arena. We would like to give a special salute to those who are here with us. Ahead of our next match against Korea Republic, we will resume our trainings tomorrow and prepare ourselves in the best way possible.
FP #3 MUROTA Yuki (Pescadola Machida)
The Eastern Asia qualifier has finally started, and we were able to get off to a good start with a 17-2 victory over the Macau Futsal National Team. Many supporters came from Japan and they gave us great energy to earn this result. Personally, I am glad that I was able to score a hattrick. I will continue to work hard so that I can help the team win in our next match against Korea Republic.
FP #11 HOSHI Shota (Nagoya Oceans)
Prior to the match, we spoke as a team that we wanted to showcase our dominance over Macau in this match, and I feel like we were able to do just that. In order to display our best performance, we all played with great concentration on the pitch, while staying vocal on the bench. We will be facing a totally different team in our next match, so we will reset our minds and prepare to give ourselves the best chance to win the match.
FP #13 KATO Minami (Shriker Osaka)
Although I have played in numbers of international matches with the Japan Futsal National Team, this was my first official AFC match. I was able to enter the match without getting too nervous and managed to showcase my usual performance, but still failed to capitalise on some of the opportunities I had to score, so I will try to do a better job in our match against Korea Republic. I haven’t played against Korea Republic before, but I am sure it will be a tough match. I hope to give my utmost efforts to contribute to the team’s victory.
FP #14 NISHITANI Ryosuke (Nagoya Oceans)
We managed to apply pressure against our opponent throughout the match and we were able to get off to a great start. This is a result of our team maintaining great intensity, concentration, and communication. We will continue to give our best efforts to showcase our colour, so please continue to cheer for us.
|AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers|
|Tue. 22 October||17-2||1st Match vs Macau Futsal National Team
(Ordos Sports Centre Gymnasium)
|Wed. 23 October||AM||Training (TBC)|
|Thu. 24 October||13:00||2nd Match vs Korea Republic Futsal National Team
(Ordos Sports Centre Gymnasium)
|Fri. 25 October||TBC||TBC|
|Sat. 26 October||18:00||3rd Place Play-off
(Ordos Sports Centre Gymnasium)
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.
AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers
Tournament Dates: Tue. 22 - Sat. 26 October 2019
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