On the evening of 24 October, the Japan National Football Team faced Uruguay in their first training match since the World Cup Qatar at the National Stadium and took a one-goal lead in the first half, but NISHIMURA Takuma, who came on as a substitute, scored the equaliser in the second half to draw 1-1.

Players/Coaches Talk

In the post-match interview, coach MORIYASU Hajime reflected on the match, saying, "They played with the determination not to give up even if they were given the opener, and although they couldn't win, they delivered their feelings ahead of the 2026 World Cup." On the other hand, he said, "We didn't get the right match when we won the ball and then connected it to the attack, so we want to correct it so that we can pick up the second ball."

ITO Junya, who came on as a substitute and assisted the equaliser, said, "I entered the match thinking only about creating chances and trying to create more and more one-on-one situations.