Yoshida needs final game win after disappointing Greece draw

Basingstoke Gazette: Maya Yoshida Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida and his Japan teammates must beat Colombia in their final Group C game if they are to avoid elimination from the World Cup.

Saints defender Yoshida played the full 90 minutes at centre half as Japan followed up their opening game defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast with a drab and disappointing goalless draw against Greece.

They were handed the perfect chance to win as Greece suffered two setbacks in quick succession in the first half.

They lost their best striker, Konstantinos Mitroglou, through injury on 27 minutes and had captain Konstantinos Katsouranis sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession on 38 minutes.

However, despite their one man advantage, and 74 per cent of possession, Japan struggled to create too many chances in what was an awful match.

It leaves Japan and Greece with a point apiece after two matches with Colombia having now qualified for the knockout stages and topping the group with six points and Ivory Coast on three.

Japan must defeat Colombia on Tuesday night and hope that Ivory Coast and Greece draw or that Greece win but they finish above them on goal difference.

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6:05am Fri 20 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Maya yosh will have to play a big part this season.given a run of games he can look quite solid.
Hopefully we can bring in another cb before the season starts.
Fellini should be announced soon.
Maya yosh will have to play a big part this season.given a run of games he can look quite solid. Hopefully we can bring in another cb before the season starts. Fellini should be announced soon. Sammy2sheds
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9:25am Fri 20 Jun 14

BracknellSaint says...

Sammy2sheds wrote:
Maya yosh will have to play a big part this season.given a run of games he can look quite solid.
Hopefully we can bring in another cb before the season starts.
Fellini should be announced soon.
The great Italian director?! Cool! Will give us a bit more creativity up front then?
[quote][p][bold]Sammy2sheds[/bold] wrote: Maya yosh will have to play a big part this season.given a run of games he can look quite solid. Hopefully we can bring in another cb before the season starts. Fellini should be announced soon.[/p][/quote]The great Italian director?! Cool! Will give us a bit more creativity up front then? BracknellSaint
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12:57pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Rising_Son says...

BracknellSaint wrote:
Sammy2sheds wrote:
Maya yosh will have to play a big part this season.given a run of games he can look quite solid.
Hopefully we can bring in another cb before the season starts.
Fellini should be announced soon.
The great Italian director?! Cool! Will give us a bit more creativity up front then?
Probably a bit past his prime, though. Mind you there's a rumour that, if we get him, Liverpool will buy him from us.
[quote][p][bold]BracknellSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sammy2sheds[/bold] wrote: Maya yosh will have to play a big part this season.given a run of games he can look quite solid. Hopefully we can bring in another cb before the season starts. Fellini should be announced soon.[/p][/quote]The great Italian director?! Cool! Will give us a bit more creativity up front then?[/p][/quote]Probably a bit past his prime, though. Mind you there's a rumour that, if we get him, Liverpool will buy him from us. Rising_Son
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7:19pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Chapperall says...

There's no way Japan will beat Columbia. I think Columbia are the dark horses of the competition.
Interesting to see all the South American teams are doing well and a number of European ones struggling!
I hear Real Madrid are in for Suarez they will be mid table without him!
There's no way Japan will beat Columbia. I think Columbia are the dark horses of the competition. Interesting to see all the South American teams are doing well and a number of European ones struggling! I hear Real Madrid are in for Suarez they will be mid table without him! Chapperall
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11:08am Sat 21 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Good Luck Maya, but think you will be back with the rest of Saints contingent soon.
Then you need to speak with the Koeman Bros !! and prove to them that you will figure in their plans.
Good Luck Maya, but think you will be back with the rest of Saints contingent soon. Then you need to speak with the Koeman Bros !! and prove to them that you will figure in their plans. NC Fan4Life
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