Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said on Sunday he is considering recalling teenage star Takefusa Kubo for Monday's must-win Copa America clash w...
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A youthful Japan were thumped 4-0 by Chile in their Copa America opener but Uruguay defender Diego Laxalt spotted plenty of potential.
Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile launched the defence of their Copa America crown with an emphatic 4-0 defeat of Japan in Sao Paulo on Monday.
Japanese international Gaku Shibasaki spoke to the media before his nation's clash with Chile and, amongst other topics, praised new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo.
Japan are first up for Chile in Group C, with midfielder Arturo Vidal declaring the holders should be feared at the tournament.
Following Japan's training session, Eiji Kawashima cut a lonely figure trotting gently around the pitch as his team-mates headed to the changing rooms at Sao Paulo FC's training complex.
Japan plan on displaying their "strength" at the Copa America when the Blue Samurai make their second appearance as guests in a tough Group C alongside champions Chile, coach Hajime Moriyasu said on Thursday.
The Copa America will be played between June and July 2019 and will include two nations from outside South America. Both Japan and Qatar have been invited to take part in this summer's event.
Captain Radamel Falcao smashed home a second-half penalty as Colombia beat Japan 1-0 on Friday to give Carlos Queiroz the perfect start as coach of the South American side.
Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup on Friday sparked by a moment of magic from record-breaker Almoez Ali and after nail-biting late drama.
Japan beat Vietnam 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup semi-finals as Ritsu Doan scored the Asian Cup's first penalty awarded through the video assistant referee (VAR).
Takehiro Tomiyasu's lone strike sent Saudi Arabia crashing out of the Asian Cup as Japan beat the three-time champions 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals on Monday.
Japan captain Maya Yoshida admitted that the Blue Samurai need to show more ruthlessness after they edged Oman 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup knockout phase on Sunday.
Japan were grateful to Yuya Osako after his brace turned the tide and denied Turkmenistan the latest upset win at the Asian Cup.
Japan captain Maya Yoshida has called on his side to cope with pressure to perform at the Asian Cup as they look to make up for their flop four years ago.
Son Heung-min will aim to inspire South Korea to Asian Cup glory, with Iran looking strong as Australia and Japan face up to transition.
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