Chile he played from office to thrash this Monday to Japan by 0-4 in his debut in Group C of Copa America of Brazil, an excessive punishment for a Japanese team that showed flashes of good football and managed to dominate, sometimes, the champion of America.
The objectives of the Eduardo Vargaswith a doublet Erick Thumb and Alexis Sánchez they gave the victory to Chile although the result is misleading, Japan He dominated his rival in many parts of the match and had chances to leave the Morumbi stadium with a favorable result.
In the absence of agile and colorful football, Chile He imposed his punch and his manchas to reach the leadership of the group and to begin with the right foot the defense of the obtained titles in 2015 and 2016.
The Japanese team surprised at the start of the game the American champion, who could not respond to the defensive pressure and the devilish speed of the Japanese battering rams. Shoya Nakajima gave a dribbling lesson in the speed and control of the ball, and was about to open the scoring before ten minutes into the game.
Takefusa KuboThe new hiring of Real Madrid for Castilla left traces of his talent, especially a delicious tunnel for Mauricio Isla, and moved freely in the attacking area.
Chile He spent much of the first half totally disoriented and trying to contain the explosions and irreverence of a Japanese team full of young people who knows very well what they want to play. Given the difficulty of attacking in the center, the & Quot; Red & # 39; He struggled to find the bands, especially on Mauritius, but his passes did not find an auctioneer.
After half an hour of play, Alexis Sánchez He appeared with a double chance, though none of his two shots were between the three sticks. From there Chile he pressed the accelerator, he moved the ball more fluidly and the goal came Thumb, a breath of fresh air to get rid of the nerves before the rest.
Japan pace in the second half and Chile He played to start tracking the win with the second goal in the 53rd minute. A triangulation of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez finished with a low pass from Mauritius to Eduardo Vargas, who finished in front of the area. His shot was deflected by Tomiyasu and left the keeper Osako with no options.
Stranger than the two conceded goals, Japan he followed his own and was able to reach the arch of Gabriel Arias again with great danger, but he had no hierarchy in the definition. Ayase Ueda was shot at point-blank range and, shortly thereafter, Kubo took two Chilean defenses, but missed the shot against Arias. With a little more success, Japan I would have equaled the duel in the blink of an eye.
Yes it is Japann everything failed in attack, Chile He knew how to take advantage of each and every one of his approaches. Less than ten minutes from the end, with Vidal out of the field due to physical discomfort, Alexis scored and a minute later appeared Vargas so that the Mexican Tigers' striker sealed his double with a vaseline before the goalkeeper.
Chile will face Ecuador on Friday the 21st for the second day of the 2019 Copa America. For its part, Japan will face Uruguay, which thrashed the Ecuadorian team. EFE
Japan vs. Chile: confirmed alignments:
Japan: Keisuke Osako; Naomichi Ueda, Teruki Hara, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Daiki Sugioka, Daizen Maeda, Yuta Nakayama, Gaku Shibasaki, Shoya Nakajima, Takefusa Kubo, Ayase Ueda
Chile: Gabriel Arias; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán, Jean Beausejour; Erick Pulgar, Charles Aránguiz, Arturo Vidal; José Pedro Fuenzalida, Alexis Sánchez, Eduardo Vargas.
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