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  • August 1, 2012
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
  • Referee: S. Jedidi
  • • Attendance: 25862

Olympic Preview: Japan - Honduras

Olympic Preview: Japan - Honduras

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The Hondurans blew the group wide open after a shock 1-0 victory over Spain and face a side which has already sealed its place in the last eight of the Olympics.


Japan Under 23
Tokunaga, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki
Ogihara, Higashi, Yamaguchi
Otsu, Nagai, Kiyotake

Leveron, Velasquez, Lopez, Figueroa

Peralta, Martinez
Mejia, Espinoza, Najar

Japan appears likely to name the same side which beat Morocco 1-0 last time out as the team looks to top the group with a 100 percent record.

Striker Kensuke Nagai will likely keep his place after his late goal sealed the win for the Blue Samurai on Sunday.

However, following the team's incredible 1-0 win over tournament favorites Spain, Honduras has proved it will be tough to break down.

Alfredo Mejia could come into the side to add an extra body in coach Luis Suarez’s midfield, as a point will ensure that the CONCACAF side goes through.

  • Japan is one of two teams which have a chance to qualify from the group stage with a 100 percent record, with Brazil also currently on six points.

  • At the last Olympics in Beijing 2008, Japan finished bottom of its group on zero points after losing all three games.

  • Japan has only ever won a bronze medal at the Olympic games back in 1968. 

  • Honduras also finished bottom of its group in Beijing after losing all three of its games.    

  • Jerry Bengtson (pictured right) is the top scorer for Honduras and joint top scorer of the competition so far with three goals along with Senegal’s Moussa Konate.

  • Honduras has never won a medal at the Olympic games and has only ever competed three times at the games in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.


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Olympic Games ‎(OLY)‎ Aug 1, 2012 Japan Under 23 0 - Honduras U23 0
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1Shuichi GondaGoalkeeper
22Maya YoshidaDefender
6Taisuke MuramatsuDefender
12Gotoku SakaiDefender
13Daisuke SuzukiDefender
7Yuki OtsuMidfielder
-Kazuya YamamuraMidfielder
14Takashi UsamiMidfielder
-Hotaru YamaguchiMidfielder
9Kenyu SugimotoStriker
-Manabu SaitoStriker
-Shunsuke AndoGoalkeeper
2Yuhei TokunagaDefender
-Takahiro OgiharaDefender
21Hiroki SakaiDefender
10Keigo HigashiMidfielder
17Hiroshi KiyotakeMidfielder
11Kensuke NagaiStriker
1J. MendozaGoalkeeper
4W. CrisantoDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
5J. VelásquezDefender
16J. LeverónDefender
7Mario MartínezMidfielder
12A. MejíaMidfielder
14A. NajarMidfielder
17Luis GarridoStriker
9A. LozanoStriker
-J. BengtsonStriker
18F. ReyesGoalkeeper
4H. ColónDefender
8O. PeraltaDefender
6A. PeraltaMidfielder
10A. LópezDefender
15R. EspinozaMidfielder
13E. HernandezStriker

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