Skipper Yoshida issues World Cup warning after Japan ‘disbanded’

20 Jun 2022 | 08:07

Four-time Asian Champion the end of a series of encouraging results on a sour note on Tuesday with a the collapse of the second half in Osaka. The experienced Yoshida gave Tunisia a penalty in the 55th minute and produced another defensive howl just over 20 minutes after the visitors – who will also attend the World Cup – doubled the lead.

Tunisia’s third goal in injury time completed a miserable evening for Japan and Yoshida warned of a potentially fatal repeat in Qatar, with Germany, Spain and Costa Rica as their opponents in an ominous Group E into the season. this winter. “We must learn from this game. The 33-year-old Sampdoria defender said the things we need to address are very clear and need to dig deep into that issue. where we can and can’t make mistakes. “

Yoshida said Japan’s game “collapsed” after he knocked out Taha Yassine Khenissi in the box and Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane penalty. The Japanese captain was once again at fault in Tunisia’s second, allowing Youssef Msakni sneak in and banish him before turning him over to Ferjani Sassi to shoot home.

Substitute Issam Jebali adds a third at the end with Japan stretching, but Yoshida says the game was lost long ago. “It’s exhausting when you concede a second goal against an opponent like this,” said Yoshida. “We can’t fall after conceding a goal. We couldn’t forget to score when we were 1-0 down. “

Japan got into the game with great enthusiasm after beating Paraguay and Ghana 4-1 and losing only 1-0 to Brazil in a friendly, just five months before the World Cup. ManageHajime Moriyasu said he was happy he increased his “picks” after trying several players and tactics over the course of four games. “It’s not just a game, all the time we’ve been together was very important,” he said.