Japan on the verge of being eliminated from the U-20 World Cup… 1-2 come-from-behind loss to Colombia

apan’s U-20 soccer team suffered a come-from-behind defeat to Colombia. Depending on the results of the final game, they were in danger of being eliminated from the group stage of the U-20 World Cup.

Japan suffered a 1-2 come-from-behind defeat to Colombia in the second round of Group C of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup group stage held at Estadio Ciudad de la Plata in Argentina at 6 am (Korean time) on the 25th.메이저사이트

Japan, which defeated Senegal earlier, recorded 3 points (1 win, 1 loss), maintaining second place in the group following Colombia (6 points). However, it failed to widen the gap with Israel in 3rd place and Senegal in 4th place (1 point above).

Japan will play the final group stage match against Israel on the 28th, and the Colombia-Senegal match will be held at the same time.

If Japan loses to Israel and Senegal defeats Colombia, Japan will drop to the bottom of the group and be eliminated from the group stage. Israel is a team that entered the tournament as runner-up after defeating France in the UEFA U-19 Championship last year to reach the final.

In this tournament, the first and second place in each group advances to the round of 16, and the top four teams with the best results among the third place in the six groups advance to the round of 16.

Players from Japan and Colombia compete for the ball in the face-to-face match on the 25th. photo = FIFA

It was Japan that took the initiative. After taking a short corner kick in the 30th minute of the first half, Japan shook Colombia’s net with Daichi Fukui’s cutback and Yamane Riku’s exquisite right-footed shot.

However, Colombia balanced in the 8th minute of the second half. Andres Salazar’s grounder cross from the left flank was finished by Yasser Aspiriya with a left-footed shot, shaking Japan’s net.

He even scored a goal in the 6th minute. This time, when the goalkeeper managed to hit a ground ball cross that started from the left flank, Thomas Angel finished the ball with a left-footed shot.

Japan, driven to the edge of the cliff, seized a dramatic equalizer in the 38th minute of the second half. After going through VAR, Colombia’s handball foul came out and resulted in a penalty kick (PK).

However, Masuki Guryu’s penalty hit the top of the crossbar and bounced high. Japan’s dramatic equalizer opportunity was also blown away.

10 minutes of extra time were given, and Japan launched a final wave of attacks for an equalizer. However, Colombia’s defensive concentration was not disturbed, and the goalkeeper’s save continued. The match ended in a 2-1 victory for Colombia.

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