Schmidt penalty save earns Japan goalless draw with Ecuador | Football News

Japan goalkeeper Daniel Schmitt kept away ValenciaThe 82nd-minute penalty in Düsseldorf on Tuesday to hand Hajime Moriyasu’s side a 0-0 draw against Ecuador.
Schmidt reached to his right to prevent Valencia’s kick after Michael Estrada was knocked down in the area by Shogo Taniguchi after a scrappy match between the two World Cup qualifiers.
Ecuador will open the World Cup final against hosts Qatar on November 20 before facing the Netherlands and Senegal, while Japan will be drawn to meet Germany, Portugal. Spain and Costa Rica.
Moriyasu made 11 changes to the starting lineup that beat the United States, also in Dusseldorf on Friday, with Gaku Shibasaki taking over from Maya Yoshida as captain and substitute Schmidt Shuichi Gonda in order to.
Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi was disallowed five minutes before the break when his weak shot was saved by Hernan Galindez after an error in the box from Pervis Estupinan who gifted possession at Takumi Minamino.
The Ecuadorians almost took the lead three minutes later through Romario Ibarra, who cut inside before forming to fire from the edge of the box.
Ibarra’s attempt was half blocked by a retreating Ao Tanaka and the shot went past Schmidt, who was relieved to see the ball come back from the base of the post before being cleared.
Takumi Minamino was wide of the target early in the second half and Galindez did well to deny Ritsu Doan’s low curling strike before Estrada was knocked down in the box by Taniguchi.
Valencia’s right kick was brought to safety by Schmidt, who then further frustrated the Fenerbahçe striker when he swung a header over the bar three minutes later to ensure that the match ended in a draw.

Leave a Comment