Japan Vs Ecuador Live Football Score 27-09-2022
On Tuesday, Ecuador and Japan will both conclude their preparations for the 2022 World Cup when the two nations meet in Dusseldorf for an international friendly. The South Americans are currently unbeaten in their last five games, while Japan are also in fine form after avoiding defeat in their previous four matches. After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, Ecuador bounced back by finishing fourth in South American qualifying to ensure that they will be in Qatar. Ecuador’s home form played a major role in their successful qualifying campaign after losing only one of their nine home matches. There will not be any home comforts at the World Cup, but Gustavo Alfaro’s side will head to Qatar in confident mood if they can extend their five-game unbeaten run on Tuesday. A goalless draw against Saudi Arabia last time out may not catch the attention, but one loss in their previous 13 matches certainly highlights how tough Ecuador are to beat. With six of Ecuador’s last nine games ending all square, there seems a real possibility that they could replicate the 1-1 draw that they recorded in their most recent meeting with Japan in 2019.
Like their opponents, Japan are also preparing for the upcoming World Cup after finishing second in their group in the third round of qualifying. Japan are set to head into their seventh consecutive World Cup in impressive form after winning three of their last four matches, including a 2-0 victory over the United States on Friday. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada gave his country a half-time lead against the United States before Kaoru Mitoma wrapped up the win with an 88th-minute strike. As a result of the victory, Japan have now won 11 of their previous 15 games, while they have also kept four consecutive clean sheets. Following their positive run of form, Hajime Moriyasu will hope that his side can extend their unbeaten run to five matches when they face Ecuador. Alan Franco is a doubt for the hosts after the 24-year-old was forced off in the first half of the goalless draw against Saudi Arabia.
Jose Cifuentes replaced Franco in Friday’s contest, and he is set to come into the side to join Carlos Gruezo and Moises Caicedo in a midfield three. Meanwhile, Enner Valencia will look to transfer his club form into international action after scoring seven goals in five league games for Fenerbahce this season. As for the visitors, they will be without the services of Takehiro Tomiyasu who has been withdrawn from the squad for Tuesday’s game due to club circumstances. With Tomiyasu unavailable, Hiroki Ito is expected to come into the starting lineup to partner Maya Yoshida in central defence. After coming off the bench to score in the win over the United States, Mitoma could be rewarded with a spot against Ecuador. Ecuador and Japan will lock horns at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Tuesday (September 27) in a friendly as both teams continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
The Tricolor are back in the quadrennial competition after missing the 2018 edition in Russia, finishing a respectable fourth in the CONMEBOL qualifiers to book their place in the Qatar showpiece. They’ve been drawn in Group A alongside Netherlands, Senegal and hosts Qatar. Gustavo Alfaro’s side have played four friendlies since the conclusion of their qualifying campaign, winning and drawing twice apiece. Last week, they were held to a goalless draw by Saudi Arabia. Japan, meanwhile, qualified for their seventh straight World Cup campaign after cruising through the AFC qualifiers. However, they have been handed a tough group with European giants Spain and Germany, and Costa Rica. The World Cup is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing, it’s time to start scribbling in your wall charts (in pencil), predicting who will make it all the way to the final and which big names might fall short. Here’s our second attempt at predicting how things will shake up in Qatar.
Several months ago the outlook for Senegal was altogether more bullish but several of their most important players, most notably Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, have struggled to hit the heights of last season in the new campaign. Top spot in this group is decided on matchday one as the Netherlands edge past Senegal. Though the African champions hold out for second place they are given quite the difficulties in their final match by an Ecuador side that wins plenty of admirers but precious few points in Qatar. Sadio Mane strikes at the death to take the Lions of Teranga into the last 16.
England might have struggled in 2022 but they are simply a much better team than anyone else in their group and should show as much over the games, including a thumping of USA as they finally cut loose at a major tournament. This will really come down to a battle between Gregg Berhalter’s side and Wales; the former might have the better players across the squad but they don’t have consistent game changers on the international stage such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Those two combine for the two decisive goals to earn 1-1 draws against the USMNT and England, firing Rob Page’s side to the knockout stages.
Ecuador possible starting lineup:
Dominguez; Preciado, Porozo, Hincapie, Estupinan; Cifuentes, Gruezo, Caicedo; Plata, Ibarra, Valencia
Japan possible starting lineup:
Gonda; Sakai, Yoshida, H. Ito, Nakayama; Doan, Endo, Morita, Mitoma; Maeda, Kamada