France vs Japan LIVE Football Match Score July 28/7/2021
France has given up 7 goals through two games yet has scored 5 of its own. No team gets as close in terms of combined goals in its matches and Japan has scored 3 and given up only 1.
France F Andre-Pierre Gignac has 4 goals in two games including a hat trick. His dominance combined with the Japanese offensive prowess should result in a high-scoring match. In the final match of the Group Stage for both sides, France (1-1-0) takes on undefeated Japan (2-0-0) Wednesday at International Stadium Yokohama with a 7:30 a.m. ET kickoff. Below, we preview the France vs. Japan odds and lines, and make our best Olympic men’s soccer bets, picks and predictions.
While fans won’t be cheering it on in the stadium, Japan still gets the luxury of playing at home. So far this tournament, it has been beneficial as it has locked up a place in the knockout round with two wins.
It’s no secret that Japan is not the leader of world basketball. Although on their own continent, the Japanese have been among the best in recent years. The last four Asian titles have been won by Japan. In 2019, Japan beat China 71-68 in the finals.
It goes without saying that the participation of the Japanese women’s team at the Olympics should become commonplace with such strong progress. The 2021 home tournament will, however, be only the second time they compete in the Olympics. The team of the Land of the Rising Sun finished 8th in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. And before that, their last performance was at the Olympics in 2004.
On the eve of the start of the group stage, the Japanese had five friendly matches. They defeated the Portuguese team three times and were stronger than the teams of Puerto Rico and Belgium. A brilliant result, although the level of the opponents was, frankly speaking, not high at all.
Mexico ran riot against Sylvain Ripoll’s side at the Ajinomoto Stadium last Thursday, but France’s Andre-Pierre Gignac did manage to get onto the scoresheet via a penalty kick.
Ripoll made one change to the back four that struggled against Mexico, bringing in Everton’s Niels Nkounkou in place of Modibo Sagnan for the game against South Africa, but the defence still conceded three goals.
However, France’s defensive frailties were overpowered by their attack after Gignac netted a hat-trick and Teji Savanier scored the winner in stoppage time.
France have conceded the most goals in the Olympics so far and it has left them needing to better Mexico’s result against South Africa on Wednesday to have a chance of progressing into the knockout stages.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu before the match on July 22, 2021
Japan’s home tournament could not have gone much better to date, having taken maximum points from their first two games against South Africa and Mexico.
Their opening fixture ended in three points after Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo scored in the 71st minute, in a game which the hosts dominated in terms of chances created.
Goalkeeper Kosei Tani could not keep his second clean sheet of the competition last time out but it ultimately did not matter as Kubo and Ritsu Doan had given Japan a two-goal lead within the first 15 minutes, the game ending 2-1 to Japan.