Owning 2nd and 3rd place respectively in Group B of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia after 8 matches, the opportunity for Australia and Japan to win direct tickets to Qatar at the end of this year is still very good. wide open when the distance between them is only 3 points. The current position makes the confrontation between these two teams in the upcoming 9th match promise to be extremely attractive, because the losing team is unlikely to have the opportunity to enter the Top 2.
Being unbeaten in the last 4 matches has helped Australia shorten the gap with the 2nd ranked team to only 3 points. And now the kangaroo team is facing a great opportunity to be able to rise to second place in Group B of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia if they beat Japan in the next match.
Obviously, a victory over the strongest opponent in the group, the Japanese team, will not be an easy task, and it must be recognized that Australia is also underestimated too much compared to the country of the rising sun. confrontation score. The proof is that in the last 2 encounters, the Socceroos also lost with the scores 0-2 and 1-2. Therefore, if you do not play carefully, it is not excluded that the teacher and coach Graham Arnold will continue to be overtaken by the opponent.
As the leading candidate for a direct ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Group B of the Asian qualifiers, Japan has also proved it with an unbeaten record of 6/8 matches played. With 18 points won, coach Hajime Moriyasu’s teachers and students are in second place in the rankings, but the distance with the next opponent is only 3 points.
Being on the field in the earliest match of the 9th round, at this time, Japan is facing a great opportunity to create a gap of 6 points compared to the Socceroos if they win against this opponent, because the Japanese team itself. The kangaroos are also a direct competitor to Samurai Blue when they are in 3rd place.