Sanfrecce Hiroshima will host Auckland City FC in their FIFA Club World Cup campaign on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the International Stadium of Yokohoma in Japan. The match starts at 7.45 PM local time and 11.45 PM NZST.
According to Stuff.co.nz, former Japan international and Auckland City FC player Teruo Iwamoto says that the Oceania champions have a chance of toppling Hiroshima in their own backyard on Thursday.
“Hiroshima is a really good team, winning three titles in four years, they are definitely a tough opponent,” he said. “But this is football where anything can happen. Auckland City FC’s chances are 50:50.”
He also stated that football in Japan is more technical while in New Zealand it’s more physical. “I mean no disrespect, but in 2006 the New Zealand league reminded me of rugby, so in my second game for Auckland City FC, I thought I needed to show that I could be physical, too,” he exclaimed.
Barcelona will also be traveling to Japan next week ahead of their Club World Cup match. Iwamoto feels that Barcelona will win the competition.
“Barcelona will win it. I saw River Plate play in Japan this past summer and they are a good team too and have a big chance also. But we’re talking about Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. But everyone’s storybook final would be to see Auckland City FC play Barcelona.”
SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA – TAKUTO(GK), MIZUMOTO, CHIBA, AOYAMA, KAZU, DOUGLAS, HISATO, MASUDA (GK), MIKIC, YAMAGISHI, KASHIWA, SASAKI, RYOTARO (GK), MINAGAWA, NOTSUDA, CHAJIMA, KOHEI, MARUTANI, ASANO, KOSEI, SHIOTANI, TAKAHASHI, MIYAHARA
Coach – Hajime MORIYASU (JPN)
AUCKLAND CITY FC – SPOONLEY(GK), DORDEVIC, TAKUYA, BILEN, BERLANGA, EDGE, ALVARO, DEN HEIJER, DE VRIES, HUDSON-WIHONGI, MCGEORGE, ROGERS, LEWIS, KIM, MOREIRA, DRAKE(GK), LEA’ALAFA, TADE, HAILEMARIAM, MILNE, BURFOOT, ANDERSON(GK)
Coach – Ramon TRIBULIETX (ESP)
Date: Thursday 10 December 2015
Time: 7.45pm local time, 11.45pm NZST
Venue: Yokohama, Japan
Live Stream: EuroSport