Preview - Japan vs Paraguay 12 June 18

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International Friendly
Japan vs Paraguay
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
22:05pm (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Tivoli-Neu

Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match: 2.44
Average goals against per match: 0.39
Top Scorer: Shinji Okazaki (50)

Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.06
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Richard Ortiz (5)

Japan and Paraguay meet for the fifth time in their history this week in this friendly encounter in Austria.

The highest profile of the sides four previous meetings came in 2010 at the World Cup finals as Paraguay knocked out the co-hosts in a penalty shootout. The other three encounters between the sides have resulted in one win apiece and one draw.

It is Japan who head to the finals this time around as Paraguay failed to qualify. They head to Russia looking a side in disarray at present though, losing three of their four warm up games to date, with a change in manager seeming to have done little to improve the form of the side. Having lost to Ukraine, Ghana and Switzerland in their three most recent games, they will be hoping for better here.

Paraguay are a capable side on their day as evidenced by qualifying wins over Chile, Colombia and Argentina, however those good performances have been the exception rather than the rule of late and they head into this fixture having lost their last two to the United States and Venezuela.

This looks to be a game between two out of form sides and as such it is tough to predict which way it will go. Some of Paraguay's recent results have been way better than those achieved by Japan though and we just favour the South American side here.

Prediction: Japan 1 - 2 Paraguay


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 4 - 2
Shots: 11 - 5
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 0 - 3
Possession: 51% - 49%

Plenty of goals in this one but no bookings as referee Oliver Drachta kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

Pretty even in terms of possession but a well-deserved success for Japan in the end as they were far more productive with their use of the ball than Paraguay.

It did take the Japanese quite a while to burst into life in this game though and it was Paraguay who took the lead in the 32nd minute, and a fine goal it was too. When the ball dropped to Óscar Romero on the edge of the area he controlled over his own head and span to volley into the bottom right corner. 0-1 at the break.

Japan equalised in the 51st minute and it was another cracker. Takashi Inui picking the ball up just over 25 yards out before advancing towards the edge of the area and unleashing an excellent drive into the right-hand side of the goal.

Twelve minutes later Inui was at it again from similar range. His low effort this time squirming under the keeper and trickling over the goal line.

Japan's third came in the 77th minute. Federico Santander flinging out a leg in an attempt to clear a free kick from wide on the right, but only succeeding in diverting the ball past his own keeper.

Paraguay made it 3-2 in the ninetieth minute. Richard Ortiz controlling the ball around 25 yards out and blasting a powerful drive into the bottom left corner.

Shinji Kagawa played well throughout for Japan and it was he who had the last word. Receiving the ball just outside the box he skipped past his man and into the area and finished nicely into the bottom left.

Japan will be pleased with this effort. They certainly looked a threat going forward and this will act as a nice confidence booster headed into their World Cup opener with Colombia.

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