HIRAYAMA, and LONG BALL
Lately, congratulations for Zico Japan squads' getting a ticket of FIFA World Cup Grmany 2006!!!
Japan, who should test a lot of footballers during one year to start the World Cup games, don't forget a twenty-year-old player, Sota Hirayama. For me was the game this to think that he made great performances against host Dutch defences in the first match at the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005.
Dutch making the game from left wing #7 Quincy Owusu Abeyie, who connected two chances to score by #10 Ibrahim Afellay and #11 Ryan Babel, Japan kicked lobbing balls from the bottom line into #9 Hirayama in the area where he struggled with orange defences sandwitching the blue targetman. Trailing two deficits, Japan coach Kiyoshi Ohkuma continued to command the mission with foolishness, but it was his foolishness that Hirayama cut the deficit to head the ball from substitute #12 Koki Mizuno's free kick into the net.
Limited to possese the ball, Japan made a chance to tie the game at the end of the time and ended to shoot the substitute #11 Robert Cullen's ball to go over the bar.
"They are not unbeatable." said Hirayama after the game. I believe firmly to win the rest of two games to go through the group stage.
FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005
Match #2 (Group A) at Kerkrade (10 Jun)
Netherlands 2-1 Japan