Preview: Japan vs. Brazil - prediction, team news, lineups
Brazil and Japan will face each other in this international friendly in preparation for Qatar 2022. Here you can find out the preview, predictions, odds and how to watch or live stream this game free in the United States.
Japan and Brazil continue their respective preparations for the upcoming 2022 World Cup with a friendly battle in Tokyo on Monday night.
The hosts thumped Paraguay 4-1 during their most recent exhibition game, while Tite's side put five past South Korea earlier this month.
Seeking to improve on their habitual period of one group stage and then one last-16 finish at the World Cup, the morale in the Japan camp certainly rose with a humbling of Paraguay in Thursday's friendly encounter.
In a massive football fixture on Monday, Japan host Brazil at the National Stadium, Tokyo. Japan have never beaten Brazil, and this match-up presents a chance for the Blue Samurai to create history. Selecao, still smarting from Argentina's cancellation of their Superclasico, will hope to end the Asian tour on a high with another facile win. They beat South Korea 5-1 on Thursday. (More Football News)
Both Japan and Brazil have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Brazil eased through the CONMEBOL qualifiers, winning 14 out of 17 fixtures while conceding just five goals. But Tite's men are a grumpy lot after Argentina pulled out of their Superclasico fixture, which was scheduled for June 11 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Then, Argentina defeated Italy in the Finalissima, a one-off clash between the champions of South America and Europe. Neymar was especially very annoyed, having seen the Argentine celebration at Wembley. The PSG superstar asked, "Did they win the World Cup?". Meanwhile, Lionel Messi & Co. can extend their unbeaten run to 33 matches when they take on Estonia on Sunday
Takuma Asano, Daichi Kamada, Kaoru Mitoma and Ao Tanaka were all on target for the Samurai Blue at the Sapporo Dome, with Derlis Gonzalez pulling one back for the South American nation, but Japan are only on an upwards trajectory at the minute.
Hajime Moriyasu's men have now posted seven wins and a draw from their last eight matches in all tournaments as they look ahead to Qatar - conceding a mere three goals in that run and prevailing in four of their last five home fixtures.
Focus will soon turn to the latest edition of the Kirin Cup, as Ghana await Japan on June 10 before the host nation meet either Chile or Tunisia in the final or third-placed playoff battle, and testing their mettle against sides from all over the globe is a good way to go about their business before the World Cup.