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Japan Claim Strong Success overKyrgyzstan

Japan were able to come up with a strong performance in the recent game against Kyrgyzstan. It was an impressive performance from the Asian team as they were able to enjoy a dominant 4-0 success in this final friendly match before they step into the Asian Cup next year.RyosukeYamanak, who was making his debut for the national team, was able to score after just two minutes on the clock. This actually set the tone for the match and Genki Haraguchi was able to add another for Japan in the middle of the first half. Japan then gained a strong grip on the match with goals from Yuya Osako and Shoya Nakajima.

Hajime Moriyasu has been able to make a major impression in his first few matches as the Japan national team manager. The Kirin Challenge Cup success has been able to take his overall record to four victories and a draw since taking over the role as the national team boss. Three of those victories have been against American opposition. Even then,Moriyasu has tried to keep his team grounded by claiming that the stature of the opposition is not important. It is extremely important that Japan played with a high level of motivation irrespective of the opponent. It is likely that Japan will be coming up against Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan in the group stages of the Asian Cup next year.

Japan Go with Veterans for Friendlies against Panama and Uruguay

New Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu has decided to call up as many as six veterans for the upcoming match against Uruguay and Panama. The 50-year-old will be leading Japan for the first time after recently assuming office. The pressure of winning the first game in charge appears to have made the 50-year-old go for the trusted option veteran players like Yuya Osako, Yuto Nagatomo, and Maya Yoshida. These players will be linking up with the 23 man squad named for the games against Panama and Uruguay. The first of those games will be against Panama at Niigata while the match against Uruguay will be at Saitama.

Moriyasu has been in charge of the Olympic and the senior team since July. He decided to go with a less experienced group of players for the games against Chile and Costa Rica. Even though Japan did not play against Chile due to an earthquake cancellation, the national team did take on Costa Rica in the subsequent friendly match and were able to get a comfortable 3-0 win. The next four matches for the Japanese national team happen to be at home and they provide a good opportunity for Moriyasu to settle into his role. The 50-year-old has a tough job of having to improve Japan, who were unable to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.