The Japanese team showed outstanding strength against Bahrain in the round of 16. After more than 90 minutes of play, coach Hajime Moriyasu and his team won the right to continue with a 3-1 victory.
However, Samurai Blue’s victory still had a few ripples. In the 64th minute, when the score was 2-0 for Japan, Zion Suzuki made the mistake of punching the ball poorly when blocking Sayed Baqer’s header. The ball continued to fall into the area in front of the goal, in the next situation. Following that, the 21-year-old goalkeeper collided with Ayase Ueda, causing the ball to fly into the net to everyone’s surprise. Fortunately, Ueda promptly corrected the mistake 8 minutes later to ensure a safe gap for the East Asian representative.
Responding to the media after the match, Zion Suzuki felt uncomfortable but happy because the team won the final.
“Frustrating,” Zion Suzuki said of the mistake that led to the goal. “But it was important to win and win this tournament, so I’m happy that we won.”
This is not the first time the young goalkeeper on the Sint-Truidense VV staff made a mistake leading to a goal. Remember on the opening day against Vietnam, Zion Suzuki allowed Coach Philippe Troussier’s students to concede twice. If we say Nguyen Dinh Bac’s goal was too difficult, then in the situation where Pham Tuan Hai scored, Suzuki made an unsafe save, thereby helping the Hanoi FC star easily cushion the ball into an empty net.
Zion Suzuki is being called by many Vietnamese football fans with the nickname ‘Japanese Andre Onana’ because of his figure and the fact that he often makes silly mistakes similar to the Manchester United goalkeeper. Anyway, for the guy born in 2002, his career is very bright and has a lot of potential for development.
Nam Thanh | 22:14 January 31, 2024