SAITAMA – Mexico overwhelmed Japan within the men’s soccer bronze medal game on Friday night. Finishing the host nation’s trust of a first Olympic medal in 53 a long time with a 3-1 win at Saitama Stadium.
Three days after both groups played 120 minutes in their individual semifinal losses. Japan languished once more a sharper Mexico side, giving up its opening objective from the punishment spot. And two more from set plays some time recently Kaoru Mitoma’s reassurance strike late within the match.
We played to win a medal, and I’m sorry we couldn’t get a result for the fans who have been supporting us,” Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu said.
“I think that since of the hard plan, both groups experienced a parcel of weariness and so we didn’t see as much sharp development from our players as we did in other matches.”
Japan’s as it were award in Olympic men’s soccer game at the 1968 Diversions in Mexico City. When the nation vanquished the have country for bronze. This time, the result was reversed.
“We were quite solid, we took risks and we did what we had to do,” Mexico head coach Jaime Lozano said. “We didn’t accomplish our objective of a gold but we knew we’d get a bronze decoration, and not indeed the has might take the third place from us.”
Moriyasu’s side beat Mexico in their moment gather diversion with an early two-goal ambush. But this time it was the team clad in green breaking a scoreless halt within the 13th minute. Affability of a Sebastian Cordova punishment sent left as Japan goalkeeper Kosei Tani jumped in the opposite direction.
Cordova earned the penalty after he was fouled from behind by midfielder Wataru Endo at the top area. Close enough to the line to inspire a VAR survey that inevitably maintained referee Bamlaku Weyesa’s initial call.
“In our final coordinate with Spain we had to play in high-pressure circumstances and also keep the balls that we catching and move from defense to attack,” Moriyasu said of the punishment, which started with a Ritsu Doan turnover.
“We had a parcel of weight and we seem to have played differently. But the players needed to become more grounded and I think that connected to what we saw today. The comes about are something we have to reflect on, but the players appeared in a state of mind that they truly needed to challenge themselves.