New Delhi: Brazil is all set to take on Japan in the International friendly game, which will take place in France. Both the teams have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer and the match will be an opportunity for both Japan and Brazil to prepare for next year’s competition.Also Read - UCL 2021-22: Will Lionel Messi Play Against Manchester City? PSG Coach Mauricio Pochettino Provides Update
Brazil topped the South American World Cup qualification table. Indeed, Brazil won their regional qualification league with a healthy 10-point advantage over second-placed Uruguay. In 18 qualifiers, Brazil won 12, drew 5 and lost just once. Also Read - Champions League: Lionel Messi, Neymar Fail; Kylian Mbappe Injured as PSG Held to Draw
Brazil also scored 41 goals in the process, conceding only eleven. Meanwhile, Japan held off Saudi Arabia and Australia to book their place in Russia by a single point in their qualifying group. Japan have qualified for the last six World Cups in a row. Also Read - PSG vs Club Brugge Live Streaming Champions League in India: When And Where to Watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Club Brugge Live Stream UCL Match Online and on TV
Talking about the players then Brazilian star Neymar missed PSG’s last match with what manager Unai Emery called a muscle injury, however, Spanish media report he wasn’t actually injured and instead opted to stay home so he’d be fresher for Brazil’s friendlies against Japan and England.
Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is unlikely to be fit after nursing a muscle injury for several weeks. Douglas Costa returns to the squad but will make do for a place on the bench.
On the other hand, Japan will be without Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki who have been left out but regain the experienced Makoto Hasebe. He will be injected into the midfield core of Hotaru Yamaguchi and Yosuke Ideguchi.
Brazil Squad (From):
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Manchester City)
Full-backs: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (PSG), Danilo (Manchester City)
Centre-backs: Jemerson (Monaco), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter), Thiago Silva (PSG)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Diego (Flamengo), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Paulinho (Barcelona), Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea)
Forwards: Diego Souza (Sport Recife), Dougas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Japan Squad (From):
Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (FC Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds)
Defenders: Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburger SV), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Shintaro Kurumaya (Kawasaki Frontale), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Genta Miura (Gamba Osaka), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers)
Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Frankfurt), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds) ,Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Yosuke Ideguchi (Gamba Osaka), Shu Kurata (Gamba Osaka), Ryota Morioka (Waasland-Beveren), Kazuki Nagasawa (Urawa Reds)
Forwards: Yuya Kubo (Gent), Takuma Asano (Stuttgart), Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Yuya Osako (Koln), Kenyu Sugimoto (Cerezo Osaka), Shinzo Koroki (Urawa Reds)