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Olympic Soccer (Men) - Where to watch Japan vs New Zealand live on July 31, 2021

July 30, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Hosts Japan will look to continue impressive campaign when they go head to head in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. with New Zealand on Saturday.

Preview

Japan will hope to maintain their 100 percent record at the Olympics men's soccer tournament when they host New Zealand in a quarter-final clash on Saturday. The Samurai Blue have done enough to back their quest to secure a medal, finishing atop Group A without putting a foot wrong.

They began the campaign with a 1-0 win over Sotub Africa before beating Mexico and France 2-1 and 4-0 respectively. Japan's final group game was nothing short of impressive with goals from Takefusa Kubo, Hiroki Sakai, Koji Miyoshi and Daizen Maeda guiding them to an emphatic win over one of the tournament's favorites. With the results, the hosts of the 2020 Olympic Games bettered their finish at London 2012 where they crashed out in the group stages.

For New Zealand, the upcoming test will be daunting considering how they had hard they had to fight for a place in the knockout round. Danny Hay's men progressed out of Group B on the basis of having a better goal difference at the expense of Romania with whom they shared the same points.

They bagan their campaign at Tokyo 2020 with a 1-0 win over South Korea before falling to a 3-2 defeat against Honduras. Their final group game against Romania ultimately decided who will progress to the next round with both sides failing to score.

With this year's appearance at the Olympic men's soccer tournament being New Zealand's third appearance at in its history, they will be poised to make a difference and get close to winning a medal. In the two previous appearances in 2008 and 2012, they were eliminated at the group stages, making Tokyo 2020 their best ever performance on this stage.

Team news

Japan have no pressing injury concerns ahead of the encounter and should expect their men to deliver another resounding performance. On the contrary, New Zealand's have an injury concern at the back after Winston Reid was forced off in the early minutes of the meeting with Honduras. The former West Ham defender missed the final group game against Romania this week and could possibly sit out the upcoming clash with Japan.

Predicted starting XI

  • Japan: Tani; Sakai, Nakayama, Yoshida, Tomiyasu; Endo, Tanaka; Hatate, Kubo, Doan; Ueda

  • New Zealand: Woud; Cacace, Stensness, Pijnaker, Ingham; Just, Lewis, Bell, Champness; McCowatt, Wood.

Broadcast information

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Japan P0 - 0 New Zealand

July 31, 2021 5:00amKashima Soccer Stadium (Kashima)

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