Regretfully, Japan finished second in AFC Asian Cup 2019 after losing the final.
Japan was not able to fill the gap between Japan and Qatar's formation where Qatar really played well.
Due to this gap and failing to fix it, Japan's pressure to Qatar players especially in the middle area did not work well.
They found the space the gap created, used it, and did a perfect job.
This epitomized the scene of Qatar's second goal where Japan needed intensive pressure against the player who assisted the goal before him dominating the ball with a wide vision.
Qatar national team, which were highly organized through the game, deserved the champion.
They finished the competition winning 7 games straight from the start and all the games did not go into extra time.
What a overwhelming record!
Congratulations on winning the title, Qatar!
Samurai Blue will powerfully challenge the title again in 2023!
I believe Japan national team have gotten huge assets through these sever battles.
There are many important events forthcoming for Japan, Copa America 2019, 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification.
I hope Samurai Blue will give us special time!
In 2019, there are many football events other than what I mentioned above, U-17 FIFA World Cup, U-20 FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup and Rugby World Cup.
You can enjoy a lot on international football this year!