Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Japan hosts Brazil in Tokyo for a summer tuneup.
Both teams are coming off recent friendly victories, with Japan topping Paraguay 4-1, while Brazil dominated another Asian nation in South Korea by a 5-1. Neither side trailed in their respective victories, although Brazil was pegged back to 1-1 after going 1-0 up, eventually pulling away thanks to a pair of Neymar penalties.
Japan have never beaten Brazil in 12 total meetings, with two draws and 10 defeats. Japan last secured a result against Brazil in the 2005 Confederations Cup, procuring a 2-2 draw. Since, the Asian nation has failed in five straight matchups against Brazil by a combined 18-2 scoreline. Three of those five defeats have come in international friendlies.
Brazil has gone 12 matches unbeaten since the Copa America final defeat to Argentina last summer.
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Japan vs. Brazil TV channel, live stream
|Date||Mon, June 6||Mon, June 6|
|Time||6:20 a.m. ET||6:20 a.m. ET|
|TV-channel||beIN Sports||beIN Sports Xtra|
|streaming||fuboTVbeIN Sports Connect||fuboTVbeIN Sports Connect|
Monday’s match between Japan and Brazil from Japan National Stadium in Tokyo will be broadcast by beIN Sports in both the United States and Canada, and the channel can be streamed on fuboTV in both countries.
#SeleçãoBrasileira finished preparation for friendly against Japan. Bola rola amanhã, at 7h20, hein? Prepare your crooked!
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– CBF Soccer (@CBF_Futebol) June 5, 2022
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Japan vs. Brazil projected line-ups
japan rested Takumi Minamino for the win over Paraguay due to his late arrival from Liverpool, but he could be ready to take the field for this big match. That would see one of Ritsu Doan and Takefusa Kubo to the bench.
arsenal defend Takehiro Tomiyasu is on the roster for Japan, but was not on the field against Paraguay after an injury-hit season with the Gunners, and his availability for the match against Brazil is unclear. AZ Alkmaar defend yukinari sugawara was injured prior to the Paraguay match and is in the same boat.
Japan projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Schmidt (GK) — Yamane, Yoshida, Taniguchi, Ito — Tanaka, Endo, Kamada — Minamino, Asano, Furuhashi
Brazilian stars Allison, fabinho, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo did not start against South Korea after their participation in the Champions League final, but they could all be brought into the starting XI against Japan. Casemiro started the Paraguay game despite the late arrival from Real Madrid. Real center back Eder Militao was left out against Paraguay altogether and is now with the squad.
arsenal duo Gabriel and Gabriel Martinelli were both absent with injuries, and are expected to miss out against Japan as well, while Man City goalkeeper Ederson is also set to be sidelined with an injury as he was against Paraguay.
Brazil projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Alisson (GK) — Alves, Marquinhos, Militao, Sandro — Fabinho, Guimaraes — Rodrygo, Paqueta, Neymar — Jesus