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Japan vs Mexico Prediction, Team News, And Lineup – Tokyo Olympics

Japan Under-23s will face Mexico Under-23s to win a bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics on Friday lunchtime at the Saitama Stadium 2002, with their hopes of Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020 now dead in the water. While Mexico was outclassed from 12 yards by Brazil’s young stars the hosts’ Olympic dream came to an end in the semi-finals when they were defeated in extra time by Spain. Here is our expert guess on Japan vs Mexico prediction for the Tokyo Olympics Men’s football games.

Team news


After serving a suspension against Spain, Takehiro Tomiyasu with Japan returns for the bronze medal match. This may force Manchester City’s Ko Itakura to drop out of the backline.

Japan is well-stocked ahead of their shot at glory with the return of the Bologna man, but Moriyasu is now under pressure to find the right attacking formula for Friday’s game.

Daichi Hayashi was trusted from the first whistle in the semi-final but failed to make the net ripple, implying that opportunities for Daizen Maeda or Ayase Ueda to lead the frontline could exist.


In place of Vladimir Lorona or Jesus Angulo, Jorge Sanchez could play at right or left-back 

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After returning from suspension in the semi-final Rodriguez was only able to play as a substitute, but the 24-year-old could now be recalled to the midfield in place of Jose Esquivel.

With Lozano likely to stick with his attacking trident of Uriel Antuna, Henry Martin, and Alexis Vega, Real Betis starlet Diego Lainez may have to settle for a bench spot once more.

Japan vs Mexico Prediction

Japan is undefeated through the group stage and defeating New Zealand on penalties in the tournament’s final eight. While the 2020 Games lacked the raucous home crowds that Japan’s players desired, Hajime Moriyasu’s team performed admirably

The return of Tomiyasu is a significant boost for a Japan team that already has some well-known names in its ranks, and the host nation knows what it takes to beat Mexico after doing so in the group stages less than two weeks ago.

Lozano’s men demonstrated their goal-scoring prowess against South Korea, but the two fatigued squads are unlikely to play out a high-scoring affair on Friday, and we predict Japan to narrowly win this match and claim only their second-ever medal in men’s Olympic football.


Japan Under-23s possible starting lineup:

Tani; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, Hatate; Endo, Tanaka; Doan, Kubo, Soma; Hayashi

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Mexico Under-23s possible starting lineup:

Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Vasquez, Angulo; Romo, Rodriguez, Cordova; Antuna, Martin, Vega

Our Prediction: Japan Under-23s 1-0 Mexico Under-23s

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