Japan Under-23s and Mexico Under-23s compete for the right to wear the bronze medal around their necks in Tokyo 2020. For this fixture at the Saitama Stadium 2002 on Friday lunchtime, here’s our predicted football match score – Japan vs Mexico.
The hosts’ Olympic dream came to an end in the semi-finals when they lost to Spain in extra time. They lost by a marginal 1-0 tally, the updates on which we are offering on football live today.
Meanwhile, Brazil destroyed Mexico by a football match score of 1-4, on penalties, after playing a 0-0 draw with them.
- Takehiro Tomiyasu with Japan returns for the bronze medal match after serving a suspension against Spain. His return may force Manchester City’s Ko Itakura to drop out of the backline, though.
- With the return of the Bologna man, Japan is in luck ahead of their shot at glory.
- Still, Moriyasu is now under pressure to find the right attacking formula for Friday’s game.
- While he trusted Daichi Hayashi to play from the first whistle in the semi-final, the latter failed to score. This implies that opportunities for Daizen Maeda or Ayase Ueda to lead the frontline could exist.
Japan Under-23s possible starting lineup: Tani; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, Hatate; Endo, Tanaka; Doan, Kubo, Soma; Hayashi
- Mexico also has a player back from suspension in Jorge Sanchez. And Sanchez could play at right or left back in place of Vladimir Lorona or Jesus Angulo.
- Rodriguez was only able to play as a substitute after returning from suspension in the semi-final. But now, the 24-year-old could return to the midfield in place of Jose Esquivel.
- Lozano is likely to stick with his attacking trident of Uriel Antuna, Henry Martin, and Alexis Vega. So, Real Betis starlet Diego Lainez may have to settle for a bench spot once more.
Mexico Under-23s possible starting lineup: Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Vasquez, Angulo; Romo, Rodriguez, Cordova; Antuna, Martin, Vega
Predicted Football Match Score – Japan vs Mexico
- The 2020 Games lacked the raucous home crowds that Japan’s players desired, and still, Hajime Moriyasu’s team performed admirably. They qualified through the group stage without a single loss and defeated New Zealand on penalties in the tournament’s quarterfinals.
- But Japan efforts fell short in a difficult match against Spain, though they held their own for 115 minutes. Then, Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio curled in a delightful left-footed effort to end the host nation’s hopes of footballing gold.
- In London 2012, South Korea’s 2-0 win f in the bronze medal match orced Japan to settle for fourth place. But this time, even South Korea fell, and to Mexico in a 6-3 thrashing. This is how Jaime Lozano’s side advanced to the final four, where they faced Brazil.
- As with Japan and Spain, the two sides were unable to score across the course of a goalless 90 minutes. So, the score remained 0-0 after extra time. It set up a battle of nerves from the penalty spot for the right to compete for the gold medal.
The return of Tomiyasu is a significant boost for a Japan team that already has some well-known names in its ranks.
Moreover, the host nation knows what it takes to beat Mexico. They did defeat them less than two weeks ago after all, in the group stages.
Lozano’s men demonstrated their goal-scoring prowess against South Korea, but fatigue may prevent a high-scoring affair from playing out tomorrow.
Finally, therefore, we predict Japan to narrowly win this match and claim only their second-ever medal in men’s Olympic football.