Japan meets Chile in round 1 of Copa America. The match will be played on Tuesday, June 18th at Estádio do Morumbi (Sao Paulo)
Japan was invited to Copa America along with Qatar. It is noteworthy that these two Asian guests played half in the Asian Cup final a year ago. That would be an interesting situation if they would play in the finals of the South American Cup, but, unfortunately, this will not happen... In general, Japan final held 4 friendly matches after the continental final. All four were played at home, and the results are ambiguous. The loss to Colombia, a draw with Trinidad and Tobago, and the Japanese managed to beat only Salvador and Bolivia.
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The national team of Chile won the last two and the only ones of Copa Americas in its collection. Both finals were played against Argentina, and the winner was determined in a penalty shootout in both games. And then the team seems to "eat its fill." It missed the World Cup in Russia. Playing friendly games, it allowed itself to lose to Romania, Costa Rica, and Peru... But just before the championship, the team won Haiti 10 days ago. Modestly so, with a 2-1 score. Chile won’t manage to defend the title and do a hat trick. The current team is much weaker than the one that played 3-4 years ago. Yes, there are many players in the current lineup that won the cup, but they don’t grow younger. The Colombian coach of Chile, Rueda, brought them (Vidal, Sanchez, Vargas) to this tournament either. However, the experienced Chileans are quite capable of progressing from the group and starting in a tournament with a victory. Why? Well, at least because Japan is going to the tournament with a youth squad. Only 6 players performed earlier in the main team of the country. The rest of the players barely exceed 20 years, and they all represent the local championship. In such a situation, Chile is quite able to remind anyone who is still a champion, and it will probably win a match and make it beautiful and convincing. The young players of Japan have no experience, and it is quite possible that they will concede thrice. But if there is no experience, there is enough ambition, so that the Japanese can even score a consolation goal. Thus, it is possible to count on at least 3 goals in a match, where the reigning champion will win.
Prediction for the match: Chile to win and Over 2.5 goals scored