SAITAMA, Japan (Sporting Alert) — Japan will look for its second victory in the early goings of the 2014 World Cup Asian qualifiers when they take on Jordan on Friday night at Saitama Stadium.
The Japanese opened final-round qualifiers in Group B with a comfortable 3-0 win over Oman last week, and coach Alberto Zaccheroni, after putting his team through its final preparation has called on his players to build on the opening success.
“I want to ask our players for continuity,” Zaccheroni said on Thursday. “As we started well in our first game, we want to do it again in this second game.
“I know tomorrow’s game will be hard.”
The likes of Keisuke Honda and Ryoichi Maeda, who both scored in the win over Oman and Manchester United new capture Shinji Kagawa are set to have another dominating game, but Zaccheroni is taking nothing for granted.
He said: “Jordan got through their third-round qualifiers easily with wonderful results.
“Tomorrow, they will come out in a combative manner and, as we often see in games in Asia, we won’t be given much space to play.
“Since we had more positives more than negatives – or things to fix – in the first game against Oman, I want our players to increase their accuracy to bring about these positives in tomorrow’s game.”
Jordan played to a 1-1 draw with Iraq in its opener.
Meanwhile, Oman will look for a bounce-back win against Australia in another Group B game, while Group A co-leaders Qatar take on South Korea and Lebanon faces Uzbekistan in another game.
NOTE: SportingAlert.com will have results and round up of these World Cup qualifying games on Friday through our correspondent.
WORLD CUP Asia 4rd round
15:00 – Lebanon vs Uzbekistan
18:15 – Qatar vs Korea Republic
12:30 – Japan vs Jordan
15:00 – Oman vs Australia