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Selection of Ecuador, negative numbers against Japan; acts of indiscipline after the last duel

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At the end of the FIFA dates -the last before the start of the Qatar World Cup 2022- the teams of Ecuador and Japan will face each other this Tuesday in Düsseldorf, Germany (from 06:55, Ecuadorian time). The match between the two combined has a history of four previous duels in the span of 27 years, with an advantage for the Japanese squad.

At the Merkur Spiel-Arena stadium, with a capacity for 54,000 people, those led by Gustavo Alfaro and Hajime Moriyasu arrive with different expectations. The South Americans were unable to subdue Saudi Arabia in Murcia last week, an opponent with whom they drew 0-0. Meanwhile, Japan put on a remarkable display in their previous friendly by beating the United States 2-0.

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Regarding the location of the protagonists of the commitment in Düsseldorf in the ranking of FIFA in the 24th position appears Japan, with 1554.69 points. Ecuador is in box 44, with a score of 1463.74. At the level of the Asian continent, the Japanese are second (below Iran) and the Tricolor is seventh in the ranking of South America (below Peru and Chile, which will not be in Qatar 2022).

This is how the National Team has fared in their duels against the Japanese.

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1. nineteen ninety five

On May 28 of that year, at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan thrashed Ecuador 3-0, which had Colombian Francisco Maturana as coach. It was for “the final match of the Kirin Cup, before 50,000 spectators. The locals won the competition on goal difference, after Scotland beat Ecuador 2-1 and drew goalless with them,” EL UNIVERSO published about the defeat. Masashi Nakayama and a brace from Kazuyoshi Muira sealed the score.

La Tri lined up with José Francisco Cevallos; Juan Elio Guamán, Raúl Noriega, Iván Hurtado, Luis Capurro; Juan Garay, Máximo Tenorio, Wilfrido Verduga (Nixon Carcelén), José Mora (Ulysses de la Cruz); Eduardo Hurtado (Diego Herrera), Agustín Delegate.

2. 1996

On March 6, 26 years ago, also as Maturana as coach, there was another duel against the Japanese. “With annotation by Eduardo Tank Hurtado, the Ecuadorian team beat the Japanese U-23 team 1-0 in a match played at the Nagaragawa stadium in Gifu. The meeting was included in the tour that Ecuador is carrying out in the Middle East and Asia,” said this newspaper.

3. 2006

On March 30, just over two months before the start of the 2026 World Cup, at the Big Eye Stadium in Oita, the homeowner submitted Luis Fernando Suárez’s squad. “With a late goal from substitute Hisato Sato, Zico’s Japan beat Ecuador 1-0 in a friendly match. Sato, who came on at 76 minutes, dominated a cross from the nationalized Brazilian Alessandro Santos and his shot, at 85, defeated goalkeeper Cristian Mora’s futile effort to deflect the trajectory of the ball into the nets,” reported El UNIVERSO.

4. 2019

For the Copa América in Brazil, on June 24, “Ecuador and Japan tied at 1 in the last match for group C and were eliminated from the continental competition. The Japanese Shoya Nakajima opened the scoring this Monday at 15 minutes of the match played at the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte, while Ángel Mena equalized at 35″, it was mentioned in this newspaper. The Japanese had 17 absolute debutants on their squad.

That was Antonio Valencia’s last game with the National Team and hours later, at the Tricolor concentration hotel, there was a lack of discipline. The facts were made public and the case became known as the 17th Floor case. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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