Venezuela beat Japan today, 1-4, in a friendly match played in Japanese territory, in which Solomon Rondón scored a triplet and was the spearhead of a team that will face the qualification for the World Cup in a state of grace. The «Vinotinto» was exhibited in the match played in Suita (western Japan), its last preparatory meeting prior to the qualifying phase for the World Cup in 2022, and after winning two previous friendly matches held in October against Bolivia (4- 1) and Trinidad and Tobago (2-0).
Japan, on the other hand, had just won its last four matches of the qualifying round for the World Cup, in which they lead their Asian group, and saw a good opportunity to give entry to less common and younger players. The visitors were a gale in the first half, and imposed their strength in the midfield and their gunpowder face to door to go to changing rooms with a 0-4 before the astonished gaze of the public that crowded the Suita stadium.
Venezuela managed to get ahead soon thanks to a beautiful play by Soteldo, who dribbled to his marker on the left wing and hung the ball so that Rondón headed the net. The Japanese then turned to attack and opened spaces for their rival, who was more comfortable on the grass and created danger on every occasion of counterattack he found.
The blue samurai tried to bash fast plays with Nakajima as a driver, although they did not show offensive clairvoyance against the solidity of their rival, and they barely had a clear chance in the first half in a corner kick. The visitors won all the battles in the center of the field, and scored again after a steal of the ball precisely in the middle area that led to a beautiful wall between Machís and Rondón turned into a goal by the Dalian Yifang striker of the Chinese Super League.
With the Japanese knocked out, another recovery near the rival area allowed the Venezuelans to put an aerial ball that Herrera left to Rondón to have a «hat-trick». The Vinotinto followed their own game, with a high-pressure recital and poisonous attacks that allowed them to get 0-4 before the break, this time with a combination within the area between Herrera and Soteldo that he finished off with success. Japan started with intensity a second half that could be made too long, and sought the goal with a snatch of Nakajima and another play of Asano, both unsuccessful. Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu gave entry to midfielder Yamaguchi, a regular starter, as well as other refreshment men to try to cut distances.
The Japanese thrust bore fruit with a shot from outside the Yamaguchi area, which sneaked in after bouncing off a defender, although the blue samurai failed to convert other chances they had in the second half against Dudamel’s boys, who had all the work already done and just waited for their rival in the final phase. Both teams had faced each other for the last time in another friendly match in Japan on almost identical dates last year (November 16), which ended with a draw for one.
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