Japanese endgame for Uruguay
Uruguay's fate at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007 hangs on the outcome of the Italy-Senegal game earlier in the day. While an Italian triumph will render their clash with Japan meaningless, should the Senegalese prevail, then victory over the Japanese will see the South Americans through.
Uruguay's game plan depends entirely on whether they are still in the competition by kick-off time. If the Celeste do need the win then outside factors such as pressure will come into play. While Venancio Ramos's men have had no trouble creating chances, they have consistently struggled to take them, particularly from free kicks. An early goal, though, should settle Uruguayan nerves.
The Japanese have yet to pick up a point and that could make them dangerous. Playing for pride should be more than enough motivation for Nenem's side.
Both coaches have full squads to choose from.
The only previous FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup encounter between the two sides came in 2005 when Japan won 4-3, the only time an Asian side has prevailed against South American opposition in five meetings.
A few of my players have been feeling the pressure, and I've been trying to motivate them for the final match. This is the World Cup and it's not just any old game so they need to be ready to go out and get their first win against Uruguay - Nenem, Japan coach.
Up to now we've been suffering more than we've been playing. To win we need to be relaxed. Let's see if we can do it - Venancio Ramos, Uruguay coach.