Iran and Japan lock horns at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Saturday for a high-octane clash in the quarter-finals of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
Having won all three of their group matches, Iran cantered into the knockout stages yet again but were given a serious run for their money by the brave Syrian team.
Mehdi Taremi’s first-half opener for Team Melli was cancelled out by Omar Khribin shortly after the hour mark, before Taremi was sent off in stoppage time. With no goals to separate the sides in added minutes, a penalty shootout beckoned, where Iran finally prevailed 5-3 to advance.
On the other hand, Japan, who surprisingly finished runners-up in Group D to Iraq, had no issues seeing off Bahrain 3-1. Ritsua Doan put them in front before Takefusa Kubo doubled their advantage.
An own goal from the goalkeeper Zion Suzuki gave the Reds a lifeline, but Ayase Ueda’s strike shortly after consolidated Japan’s win.
Iran vs Japan Head-To-Head and Key Numbers
There have been 18 previous clashes between the sides, and interestingly, both sides have won six times over each other, while seeing six draws.Iran and Japan’s last clash also occured in the AFC Asian Cup, where the Samurai Blue beat Team Melli 3-0 in the semi-finals, in January 2019.Iran’s last win over Japan came in March 2005 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.Iran’s 1-1 draw with Syria ended their five-game winning run but Team Melli remain unbeaten in 17 games.Japan are ranked 17th in the world, while Iran are on 21st.This is Japan’s ninth consecutive appearance in the Asian Cup quarter-finals, while this is Iran’s eighth in a row.
Iran vs Japan Prediction
Iran are unbeaten for over a year and will be confident of their chances but must be more clinical than last time, when Team Melli mustered 12 shots on target, but found the net just once. Iran are no Bahrain, and Japan know that, and won’t underestimate them.
In a clash of the two highest-ranked sides at the tournament, we expect a more cagey affair than high-octane goalmouth action. It might well go to a shootout, where the Samurai Blue will prevail.
Prediction: Iran 1-1 (3-4 on pens.) Japan
Iran vs Japan Betting Tips
Tip 1 – Result: Japan (on penalties) after a draw
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Under 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: Yes
The eyes of the football world are once again on Qatar, from where you can watch AFC Asian Cup live streams of the tournament’s 18th edition. The quarter-finals get underway today. Holders Qatar, Australia, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan remain in the final eight.
In this guide, we’ll explain the options for watching Asian Cup football in different parts of the world. Some really affordable live stream platforms are available, including Paramount Plus in the USA and Australia and little-known Triller TV+ in the UK — both services offer free trials. Unfortunately, free broadcast options for the whole tournament are primarily unavailable. However, the 10 Network and its free streaming service 10Play are at least showing all of Australia’s games Down Under (vs. South Korea is next there today).
Once you’ve selected one of the streaming options below, one further spanner may be thrown into the works. If you travel overseas, you’ll soon find that your Asian Cup live streams will be interrupted due to geo-restrictions. That’s certainly annoying, but far from impossible, as you can always use a VPN to overcome the obstacle. Installing a VPN app onto your smartphone, laptop, or other streaming device allows you to spoof your IP address and make it seem like you’re in a completely different country. Ultimately allowing you to access your AFC Asian Cup live streams and other top-quality soccer and sports