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- 1 First (Japan got the right to participate in the World Cup)
- 2 Question
- 3 Supplement
- 4 Let’s talk more!
First (Japan got the right to participate in the World Cup)
On August 31st, 2017, The World Cup Asian final preliminary games were held. The match between Japan and Australia occurred at Saitama Stadium on August 31, 2017 with Japan winning. Because of this victory, they could advance and participate in the World Cup Russia Tournament in 2018. Japan defeated Australia with score 2-0. There was one more game left, but Japan already secured the first spot. It’s their sixth consecutive time participating in the World Cup. Japan had not won over Australia for eighth times consecutively in the World Cup competition and preliminaries, but they finally did this time.
On September 2016, Japan was defeated by UAE with a score 1-2. It was an unexpected start in the World Cup final preliminaries. The past data shows that ‘The possibility of a team advancing to the World Cup with a first game loss is 0%. But Halil coach and Japan team changed that history with indomitable spirit. Asano scored the first goal in the first half of 41 minutes, Ideguchi took additional points in the latter half of 37 minutes. Japan’s defense didn’t let its opponent make a goal by hard and tough defense.
The World Cup Russia Tournament will be held from June 14th next year.
At the last Brazil Tournament, Japan ended in the primary league with 1 draw 2 losses. Japan aims to advance to the finals tournament for the first time in two tournaments.
Japan, which have already gotten the right to participate in the World Cup Russia Tournament, competed with Saudi Arabia which is the 2nd place in the tournament held on September 6th.
Japan was defeated by Saudi Arabia at the score 0-1.
Although Australia won against Thailand at the score 2-1, they couldn’t take over the goal difference of Saudi Arabia.
From the above the result, Japan and Saudi Arabia in group B got the right to participate in the Tournament. While Australia who just loss one game must continue to the next play off game to be able to get the last entry.
6 wins 2 losses 2 draws
goal difference 10
6 wins 3 losses 1 draw
goal difference 7
5 wins 1 loss 4 draws
goal difference 5
On the other hand, in group A, Iran passed first and South Korea passed second, Syria is challenged to the play off game.
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Conversation 1You can see the conversation script after you click here.
As a matter of fact, even in the Asian preliminaries, Japan won a lot of games, but those aren’t easy wins. They struggled a lot. So I am not confident if Japan could win in the World Cup since the level, the teams, and the players are much better, higher, and bigger there by far.
Question 1You can see the question after you click here.
What was the result of Japan in the last World Cup Brazil?
A. Japan was defeated in preliminaries, couldn’t proceed to the main competition in the World Cup.
B. Japan passed Asian preliminaries, but couldn’t win against any competitors at the main competition in the World Cup.
C. Japan was defeated at the quarter finals at the main competition in the World Cup.
D. Japan was just unfortunate.
Answer and Explanation 1You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that ‘The result of Japan…’ and ‘They couldn’t win at all’.
A: It’s mentioned that ‘Then Colombia which passed the preliminaries lost in the quarter finals’.
C: The team who advanced in the quarter finals was Colombia.
D: It’s mentioned that ‘the cause of the defeat was not because of an unlucky selection process’.
Conversation 2You can see the conversation script after you click here.
Question 2You can see the question after you click here.
What did Tetsuya suggest so Japan can win against their opponents in the World level?
A. It’s OK to do the passing style like before.
B. It’s better not to use the passing style. Focus on just counter attacking.
C. It’s better to mix both passing and counter attacking.
D. The coach should be changed to Oka-chan.
Answer and Explanation 2You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that ‘Japan could win by using a combination of passing and counter attacking’.
A,B and D are not mentioned in the conversation.
Conversation 3You can see the conversation script after you click here.
Question 3You can see the question after you click here.
What was the tragedy in Doha?
A. The match was canceled due to heavy rain in the second half.
B. Japan was about to get the right to participate in the World Cup if they were able to keep the loss time.
C. Japan has already had the right to participate in the World Cup, but the tournaments were canceled due to terrorism that occurred during the match.
D. Key player, Johor Bahru was injured during the match and couldn’t participate in the main tournaments in the World Cup.
Answer and Explanation 3You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that ‘Japan was overtaken by Iran when…’.
A,C and D are not mentioned.
The delight in Johor Bahru
In the World Cup French tournament in 1998 Asian final qualifying, On November 16th, 1997, Japan defeated Iran with score 3-2 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Japan got the right to participate in the World Cup.
The tragedy in Doha
In the World Cup American tournament in 1994 Asian final qualifying, On Octover 28th, 1993, Japan had a draw with Iraq with a score 2-2 in Doha, Qatar. Japan was not able to advance in the World Cup. In the latter half loss time, just one or two minutes left, Iraq got a goal from Japan.
Although Japan had the same result as South Korea with 2 wins 2 losses 1 draw, the goal difference rank was third, not within second. Therefore Japan lost to get the right to participate in the World Cup.
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