Unexpected defeat against unsecured Oman has forced Haji Moryaso to lead his team to victory against China in Doha if questions are to be asked about his future under Japanese coach Samurai Blue.
In the opening game of Asia’s final round of the World Cup, Mourinho’s side lost 1-0 to the Gulf state on Thursday as they sought to maintain their place in the final that lasted until 1998.
“We have put ourselves in a hole, so we have to find a way out of it,” said captain Maya Yoshida after the defeat in Assam.
The defeat echoed a similar defeat for the UAE five years ago at the start of Russia’s 2018 qualifiers. Japan bounced back and reached its sixth consecutive World Cup.
But the nature of Oman’s defeat worries Mourinho and the former San Francis Hiroshima manager’s line-up will be strengthened by the return of Techiro Tomiaso as the defender failed to complete his transfer to Arsenal after losing Thursday’s match.
Tomiaso has joined a team without Liverpool playmaker Takomi Minamino, who has been ruled out due to injury, and the first choice is Hiroki Sakai.
“We need to focus on a lot of aspects of this match, but we have to get rid of this loss first,” said Mourinho.
Considering the match, we hope that our next match against China will create positive thinking.
In the second round of Group B, Japan will face China in which both sides need positive results when Li Tai’s team lost 3-0 to Australia.
Oman and Saudi Arabia top the list with Australia, with Graham Arnold’s team traveling to Hanoi to meet Vietnam.
After a 3-1 defeat in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Park Hang Si will host the Vietnam side without key defender Do Do Mann.
Meanwhile, Oman will host Hero Reinard’s Saudis in Muscat.
In Group A, Iran will begin their win over Syria when they visit Doha from neighboring Iraq, who scored one point in the first game against South Korea under new coach Dick Advocate.
The Koreans will host Lebanon. In the resumption of the game, Palo Bento’s team won in the last round of qualifying as Syria competed against the UAE, after which it won its first match after a goalless draw with the Lebanese. Was obtained.
The top two finishers in each of the six teams will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup and advance to the playoff series for the fifth Asian berth in third place.