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Undervaluing opponent by using substitutes, Japan suffered a heavy loss against Venezuela

Undervaluing opponent by using substitutes, Japan suffered a heavy loss against Venezuela

Playing at home ground against Venezuela in the international friendly match, but Japan was the losing team with very poor performance. Their defenders continuously made mistakes, which lead to a heavy defeat.

Before kicking off the match, two teams were appraised at the same level. While Japan was standing on the 28th at the FIFA ranking, Venezuela's position was 26th. Because of that, coach Hajime Moriyasu wanted to use this friendly game to experiment with new tactical systems.

So far he replaced 8 players from the latest match in the FIFA World Cup qualification round a few days ago. He wanted them to have more opportunities to play for the national team.

However, his players let him down. Japanese players were very weak against Venezuela's attacks. As a result, they conceded 4 goals in the first half.

Two worst players in the Japanese team were two centre-back, Hatanaka and Ueda. They were unable to mark Salomon Rondon, then let him score a hat-trick in just 34 minutes. In the second half, though Japan played more solidly, they could score only one goal before the match ended.

"I humbly apologize to supporters who watched the match", said coach Moriyasu at the post-match conference. "I thought players played with all of their strength, but the problem was my tactics. We did not have enough pass, as well as defended very bad. Consequently, I am the man who has to take responsibilities, not my players". However, captain Gaku Shibasaki did not think so.

According to Shibasaki's point of view, Japanese players did not play well in the midfield. They let their opponents have too much space to take advantage so that Venezuelan players could easily approach Japan's penalty area.

Agreeing with Shibasaki, Hotaru Yamaguchi supposed his goal was a lucky moment for him. As a consequence, this heavy defeat shows many Japan team's drawbacks which need to be fixed as soon as possible.