The 23rd match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup that is ongoing will have Japan play against Greece scheduled on 19th June at Estadio das Dunas, a stadium that is located in Natal city. The match will start at exactly GMT -3 Brazilian time.
This match will interesting as both the parties are aware that a loss at this level will shutter their dreams of making their participation in the summer tournament long-lived. This will be a now or never kind of match as both Japan and Greece lost in their opening matches.
There is no team that doesn’t want to go past the group stages however, a win is very crucial in this match. Both the two team will have to do their best.
MATCH PREVIEW: In their opener, Japan were defeated by Ivory Coast however they could not manage to give in. The match was proceeding very well with Japan having scored in the 16th minute. The African team atera short while proved otherwise to this Asian giants.
Japan will therefore be coming to this match with lots of injuries resulting from the previous matches. They will have to work extra hard if at all they want to proceed past the group stages. The team is known for its high speed factor which if used very well will be a great plus in their match against Greece.
They were able to play well in the previous match and will have to carry the formation in the match against Greece. At all cost, Japan is determined to go beyond the group level and this will be possible only if they secure the 3 points of the match. The team is now focused and its strength rejuvenated ready to reckon.
Greece lost also in their first match against Colombia which proved to be too tough for them. They at all cost failed to net even once due to the strong defense that was in place. Greece however still have hopes of scaling to the latter stages of the ongoing summer tournament.
They have directed their efforts and attention to the 19th June match with the hope of winning the 3 points. The team should however know that Japan is a team that is never underrated. They should therefore handle their opponents as far as winning this match is taken into consideration.
KEY PLAYERS OF THE MATCH: Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa are the duo players who will play an important role in this match. They pair forms a combination which if planned well may end up being fruitful.
In their opening match, the players performed very well although they failed to score for Japan a number of goals that would have made them win the match.
Greece plus its manager have their confidence in Vasilis Torosidia and Panagiotis as far as winning this match is concerned. The two players have got qualities and better football skills which will be used as the weapon of destruction against their opponents, Japan.
HEAD TO HEAD: Japan and Greece have ever faced each other only once in the history of football. In this match, Japan won 1-0. This will be the second time the two teams are playing against each other.
MATCH PREDICTION: Greece weakness will still be experienced in this match just as it was in their first match. Japan will prove to be too strong for Greece to handle. Honda is a player who must score for japan. With their strength and speed, Japan will win 2-0 against Greece.