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Huge advantage for Hajime Moriyasu's team ahead of big battle against Saudi Arabia U23

Huge advantage for Hajime Moriyasu's team ahead of big battle against Saudi Arabia U23

The head to head record supports Japan U23 ahead of the first battle in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship against Saudi Arabia U23.

In the 2018 AFC U23 Championship, Japan U23 made many fans disappointed when they were soon eliminated in the quarterfinals. Worth mentioning, the Japanese team was eliminated with a bitter scenario, losing 0-4 to Uzbekistan U23. However, fans of the cherry blossom team were not too surprised as at that time, Japan only brought a young squad with an average age of 19 years old.

After the recent 2 years, the Japan U23 team has grown stronger as they have continuously rubbed experience in regional competitions such as ASIAD (won the runner-up). Notably, most of the current Japan U23 players have been called up at the senior national team level when they participated in the Copa America 2019 as a guest team.

Back in the 2018 AFC U23 Championship, Japan U23 has an opening match against Saudi Arabia U23 - the team could not pass the group stage in 2018. Of course, with the maturity squad plus huge experience, the goal of the "Green Samurai" will definitely be 3 points.

This task is even easier as young Japanese football team is completely overwhelming Saudi Arabia. Back to ASIAD 2018, Japan U23 defeated Saudi Arabia U23 with a score of 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

Previously, the Japanese team had once clashed with Saudi Arabia U23 in the 2016 AFC U23 Championship and they were still the team with the winning smile. More broadly, Japan U23 teams have never tasted defeat when they met Saudi Arabia U23 in official competitions. In detail, Japan U23 won 2 and got 2 draws against Saudi Arabia U23 in history.

Japan U23 vs Saudi Arabia U23 possible lineups:

Japan U23: Tani Kosei, Watanabe Tsuyoshi, Tatsuta Yogu, Koga Tayo, Hashioka Daiki, Tanaka Shunta, Endo Keita, Hatate Reo, Daikisugioka, Tanaka Aao, Ueda Ayase.

Saudi Arabia U23: Mohammed Al-Rubaie, Saud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Abdullah Hassoun, Tomban Tombakti, Khalid Al-Ghannam, Hussain Al-Eisa, Saad Al-Selouli, Ayman Yahya, Firas Al-Buraikan, Abdullah Al-Hamdan.