The Japanese national team defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals to qualify to the Semifinals against Iran.
A penalty goal scored by Ritsu Doan in the 57th-minute gave the Japan national team a 1-0 win over Vietnam in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals.
This means that the Samurai Blue have qualified to the Semifinals of the competition and will now play against Iran.
But the Japanese have suffered to get the result, just like they did against Turkmenistan, Oman, Uzbekistan, and now Vietnam.
“I think the way we’re controlling games after we score is really good at the moment, we’re able to play with very good risk management,” Japanese footballer Wataru Endo told the AFC official website.
“Today we had more of the ball and didn’t place too much of a burden on the defense, making chances and playing at our rhythm. I think that was good.”
“For us, the fact we are battling with perseverance at the moment is a good thing, and as a team, we’re really doing well at working out how we want matches to play out – especially in defense. I think that’s really good,” he continued.
“I think the fact we’re not adding extra goals after we open the scoring could become an issue,” he revealed.”
“For our attacking play, we made chances today too and I think we just need to finish them off. I believe in the forward players and am sure they’ll come through in the next game,” Endo added.
“We have young players, but I have the image that they are also really strong mentally, so that’s not something I’m especially worried about,” he commented.
“There are also several veteran players too, and they really support us with regards to the mental aspects.”
“Younger players try one way or another to show their individual strength, and while there will be pressure in the next game we want to play with a sense of enjoyment,” the Japanese footballer concluded.