“Barcelona legend” Javier Mascherano, 39, head coach of the Argentine Olympic team, also could not hide his disappointed expression after losing to Japan.
Argentina’s U-22 national team, led by Mascherano, lost 2-5 in an exhibition match against Japan’s U-22 national team at IAI Stadium Nihonadaira in Shizuoka, Japan on the 18th.
Argentina was dragged by Japan after allowing Kane Sato to score the first goal in the 18th minute of the first half. Argentina, which finished the first half with Pablo Solari’s equalizer in the 22nd minute, seemed to change the trend with Thiago Almada’s come-from-behind goal in the 5th minute of the second half. 안전놀이터
However, Argentina was embarrassed when they gave up a series of equalizer and come-from-behind goals to Yuito Suzuki in the 21st minute of the second half and the 30th minute of the second half when they were 2-1 ahead. In the end, as the organization was broken, he had to bow down after giving additional goals to Yuta Matsumura in the 36th minute of the second half and Shio Fukuda in the 43rd minute of the second half.
As a result, Argentina, which is aiming for the 2024 Paris Olympics finals, got off to a bad start. On the other hand, Japan lost 1-2 to Hwang Sun-hong at the Hangzhou Asian Games, erasing the regret of only winning a silver medal.
According to Japan’s “Ultra Soccer,” Mascherano was most shocked. “The result of today’s game is a worrying and sad feeling,” Mascherano said after the game, lamenting, “It was one game until it was 2-2, and after that it became a completely different game.”
“After we turned the tables in the second half, we had a good time zone and we were able to play easily. However, as the score was tied at about 20 minutes in the second half, he lost his organizational power and lost control of the game. “The game was lost to Japan after losing the ball several times by mistake,” he said.
Marcherano said, “I don’t want to make an excuse of being a fatigue accumulator. What’s more worrisome than that is that he left the impression of a weak team that lost its organizational power, he said coldly, “After giving up an equalizer to Japan, we didn’t regain the flow and didn’t respond properly.”
In the sport of soccer, when you make mistakes, you lose more and more confidence and your opponent becomes more confident. In the last 25 minutes of the second half, Japan was dominant,” he added.
Argentina and Japan will fight again on the 21st. This time, it will be held completely behind closed doors. Despite the defeat, Mascherano expressed his expectations for the next game.
Marcherano said, “Of course, we need to analyze and correct everything that happened in today’s game. “I’m worried about the content and results of the game,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve been in this situation in a friendly match, so it’s not good to feel like this as a team.”
“What wasn’t good today is that we have to correct it and friendly matches are about fighting for these things. “I think there are so many things that need to be revised,” he said, predicting that the game will be a medicine.
In particular, he said, “I knew what characteristics the Japanese team had. “I’m worried because I trained knowing that it’s a very dynamic and pressure-bearing team from the front through recent games,” he said, frustrating the part he suffered even though he knew it.
“I knew Japan would attack quickly as soon as it pressed from the front, but our team lost a lot of balls in today’s game,” he said, adding, “So I lost a lot of balls in areas where I knew that losing the ball to Japan would definitely lead to shock.”
Mascherano is a legendary defender who played for Liverpool and Barcelona when he was an active player. It was famous enough to be called “Majiugae” in Korea. In the 2014-2015 season, he also achieved a treble with Lionel Messi. He was captain of Argentina and handed it over to Messi.
Mascherano’s leadership career, however, is minimal. He participated in the U-20 (U-20) FIFA World Cup as a host country, but lost to Nigeria in the round of 16 and lost face.
Argentina last won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Messi at the forefront.She is aiming for her third gold medal at the Paris Olympics.