Japan and Colombia meet at Nissan Stadium, in a friendly match, the first of the year for both teams. There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 06-19-2018, which ended with Japan’s victory by (1-2). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Colombia presents considerable differences in their results at home and as visitors.
The home team plays its first friendly of the year, after having played 10 in the last year, with the following markers in the last 5: Japan (4-0) Kyrgyzstan, Japan (1-1) Venezuela, Japan (4) -3) Uruguay, Japan (3-0) Panama and Japan (3-0) Costa Rica. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Asian Cup, they lost with Qatar at home by (1-3). In the last 10 home matches Japan has 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 16 out of 24 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Japanese team comes into this game with a defeat, 1-3, against Qatar, in a game for the Asian Cup final. In this friendly game against Colombia, coach Hajime Moriyasu must act in 4-3-3, with Takumi Minamino being the most advanced man in the team. It is important to emphasize that the Japanese set presents some defensive weaknesses, mainly in the attack-defense transition. For this friendly the coach can count on his best players.
This will be the first friendly of the year of the visiting team, which played 7 last year. In the previous 5 it registered the following results: Colombia (3-1) Costa Rica, United States (2-4) Colombia, Colombia (0-0) Argentina, Venezuela (1-2) Colombia and Egypt (0-0) Colombia . This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they beat Costa Rica at home by (3-1). In the last 10 away matches Colombia has 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 5 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Colombia comes to this game with a 3-1 victory in the reception to Costa Rica, registering the seventh consecutive game without losing in several competitions: the team’s goals were scored by Cucho Hernández (2) and Bacca. The Colombian team has a team with some collective and individual competence, with some players acting in large European clubs. In this friendly preparation game the new coach Carlos Queiroz must play in 4-4-2, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks, particularly through the flanks: James Rodriguez is one of the most dangerous players in the front attack. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Quintero.