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The match, which will affect Korea's round of 16 match, will be held at 8:30 p.m. today. Japan, the second-ranked in Group D, and Indonesia, the third-ranked in Group D, will face off.
Indonesia, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, is not easy to beat Japan in terms of its power. However, it is not an impossible scenario as Iraq won a "surprise victory" in the second round.
Shin emphasized that he is well versed in Japanese soccer. "I know more than Pratama Arhan, the Indonesian left-back who played for the Tokyo Verdi team until last year," he said in displaying confidence.
[Indonesia national team coach Shin Tae-yong: "I know Japanese soccer best. I faced Japan a lot when I was a player, and as a (Indonesia) coach, I am trying to play well from the standpoint of learning. It feels different to meet Japan after a long time."]
[Southeast Asian soccer is improving] [Southeast Asian soccer team coach Shin Tae-yong] "Southeast Asian soccer is developing. Neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia have grown to a position where they can blend into the mainstream, not in the periphery anymore. Existing Asian teams should not think Southeast Asian soccer easily."
Japan's Moriyasu Hajime, who was hit by a blow at the previous match against Iraq, said, "I was calm. If we recover our own play, we can achieve good results."
[Japan national team coach Hajime Moriyasu: "We lost against Iraq, but we prepared to improve our performance, assignments, and team's performance in preparation for the match against Indonesia tomorrow. I hope the team will fight well as a team."
[Hajime Moriyasu, head coach of the Japanese national team: "We are preparing for tomorrow's game by changing several positions compared to before. We want to deploy (the best formation and players) so that Japan can win."
Fans at home and abroad are paying keen attention to the match, where Korean rivals and the Indonesian national team led by a Korean coach meet.
Wednesday, January 24, 2024