Olympic Preview: Japan - Honduras

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Tokunaga, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki
Ogihara, Higashi, Yamaguchi
Otsu, Nagai, Kiyotake

Leveron, Velasquez, Lopez, Figueroa

Peralta, Martinez
Mejia, Espinoza, Najar

Japan appears likely to name the same side which beat Morocco 1-0 last time out as the team looks to top the group with a 100 percent record.

Striker Kensuke Nagai will likely keep his place after his late goal sealed the win for the Blue Samurai on Sunday.

However, following the team's incredible 1-0 win over tournament favorites Spain, Honduras has proved it will be tough to break down.

Alfredo Mejia could come into the side to add an extra body in coach Luis Suarez’s midfield, as a point will ensure that the CONCACAF side goes through.

  • Japan is one of two teams which have a chance to qualify from the group stage with a 100 percent record, with Brazil also currently on six points.

  • At the last Olympics in Beijing 2008, Japan finished bottom of its group on zero points after losing all three games.

  • Japan has only ever won a bronze medal at the Olympic games back in 1968. 

  • Honduras also finished bottom of its group in Beijing after losing all three of its games.    

  • Jerry Bengtson (pictured right) is the top scorer for Honduras and joint top scorer of the competition so far with three goals along with Senegal’s Moussa Konate.

  • Honduras has never won a medal at the Olympic games and has only ever competed three times at the games in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.