Match: Paraguay vs Japan
Competition: International Friendly
Time / Date: 16:05h / 12th June 2018
Venue: Tivoli Stadion Tirol
Japan faces Paraguay in a final test before their first meeting this summer in Russia.
Blue Samurai managed to finish first in their WC Qualification Group B and with that, they reach the World Cup this summer. But their preparation so far has not gone well, in the last 5 friendly games they have 4 losses and 1 draw and things get even worst when in the two games they did not manage to score a single goal. Can they win here before their first game in World Cup against Colombia?
Paraguay failed to pass for the World Cup after finishing seventh at 2 points behind Peru, after the qualifiers they recorded only one control match against the United States in March in which they lost 1-0. They have a lot of work to do and here we can expect from them to start, that maybe will motivate this squad.
These two sides drew in the 2010 World Cup, with Paraguay progressing on penalties. Japan have won one of their last four meetings with Paraguay.
Both teams have trouble in attacking third, so I do not expect lots of goals from them here either. However, I expect Japan to record a victory before the match with Colombia and to make it to the first World Cup match with high lifted heads.