Japan vs. Ecuador
|Date & Time||Monday June 24, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Japan +240 / Draw +240 / Ecuador +240
Japan and Ecuador will play in the 2019 Copa America. Both teams will be desperate to win this match as third place may be enough for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Japan currently have 1 point from their 2 games.
Japan were outstanding in their previous match as they managed a 2-2 draw against Uruguay. It was a very determined performance by Japan as they managed to split points with one of the top teams in the competition. Koji Miyoshi was outstanding during the victory as he scored twice to give Japan the lead on two separate occasions. With the likes of Suarez and Cavani trying to equalize, it was always going to be tough but Japan will be pleased that they managed to get a point. The win showed great character since Japan lost their opening match 4-0 and confidence amongst the players must have been low.
On the other side of the pitch, Ecuador suffered their second defeat as they lost 2-1 against Chile. With that result, Ecuador have no points from their 2 games.
It was another poor performance by Ecuador as the only goal they scored was via the penalty spot. During the loss, Ecuador had the majority of the ball and 10 shots but failed to use the ball with purpose. The team lacked intent and they very rarely caused Chile any problems. To make matters worse, Gabriel Achilier received a red card meaning Ecuador will be without a key defender in this match. This Ecuador side lack key players in central positions and that has been their downfall in this tournament.
Ecuador have been very poor throughout this tournament and their performance against Chile proved that this team lacks skill and discipline. With that in mind, I am picking Japan to win this match. Japan showed great determination during their draw against Uruguay and the Japanese team has a much better structure than Ecuador. Japan should be good enough to get the 3 points from this fixture.