Japan vs. Canada live score, updates, highlights & lineups from World Cup warmup match for Qatar as Vitoria brings Les Rouges level

With the World Cup almost upon us, Canada will have one last chance to fine tune their preparations against Qatar-bound team Japan at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.

The Samurai Blue, unbeaten in five matches and without conceding a goal throughout the matches – which included a 2-0 win over the United States in September – will give John Herdman’s side a tough test ahead of their Group F opener. Belgium on November 23.

Canada’s form heading into its first World Cup finals tournament in 36 years has been less impressive, with Les Rouges winning just one of their last four matches.

Will they go into the tournament proper with a win under their belt? Or will Japan have too much as they continue their own warm-up schedule before taking on European heavyweights Germany and Spain in the group stages?

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights for Japan vs Canada. Follow below for all the action.

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Japan vs Canada Live Score

1H 2H final
Japan 1
Canada 1

8th minute – JPN – Yuki Soma

21st minute – CAN – Steven Vitoria


Japan (4-3-1-2, right to left): Gonda (GK) – Taniguchi, Itakura, Sakai; – Ito; Shibasaki, Tanaka, Mon; Asano – Kubo, Minamino

Canada (3-4-1-2, right to left): 18. Borjan (GK) – 2. Johnston, 5. Vitoria, 4. Miller – 13. Hutchinson, 6. Piet, 11. Buchanan 3. Adekugbe – 10. Hoilett, 20. David, 17. Laurin

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Japan vs Canada live updates, World Cup warm-up highlights

27 minutes: From the resulting corner, which Japan again failed to deal with, Liam Miller headed over for Canada. They could be ahead now, but more promising signs for John Herdman’s side.

26 minutes: Buchanan was a real threat for Canada in this first half and another promising run ended with a low shot saved at the near post by Japan keeper Gonda.

21 mins: Equalizer for Canada! Japan failed to deal with another swinging corner from Junior Hoilett. It is assisted by Atiba Hutchinson and Steven Vittoria Sweeps it home right-footed from close range.

16 minutes: Opportunity for Canada. A deep corner finds Junior Hoilett, who sees it into the six-yard box. Japan are clear as far as Ciel Laurin on the edge of the area, but his left-footed effort is blocked.

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8 mins: Goal for Japan! The ball was clipped over the top of the Canadian defense by Shibasaki and keeper Milan Borjan came out but failed to get to it first. Yuki Soma, Flicks it into the net with the outside of his right boot. Clever finish.

3 minutes: Both teams Mutual feelings in these early stages. Japan are trying to play from the back, but Canada’s Sail Larin is keeping them on their toes.

2 minutes from kickoff: The Anthems are happening at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai and we will start soon.

10 minutes from kickoff: We finally have confirmation of the Japan team and here it is!

Japan (4-3-1-2, right to left): Gonda (GK) – Taniguchi, Itakura, Sakai; – Ito; Shibasaki, Tanaka, Mon; Asano; – Kubo, Minamino

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30 minutes from kickoff: This There is It was Canada’s final game before their second World Cup appearance, and their first since 1986 – where they failed to score against France, Hungary or the Soviet Union. Les Rouges, ranked 41st in the world, have a formidable task in Group F against 2018 finalists Croatia (12th) and Morocco (22nd) against Kevin De Bruyne’s Belgium. But after a grueling 20-match qualifying campaign that included trips to the hostility, heat and humidity of Honduras and El Salvador, this group is clearly made of sterner stuff.

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60 minutes from kickoff: Team Canada is out! And the main title is that talisman Alphonso Davis Not included in the starting line-up or on the bench. Will he be fit to start the World Cup opener against Belgium after his recent hamstring problems?

75 minutes from kickoff: If you’re joining us from British Columbia or anywhere in western North America, kudos to you, and good morning! The good news is that you won’t have to get up so early for the three World Cup group games in Qatar.

  • Canada v Belgium, November 23, KO: 14:00 ET/11:00 PT
  • Canada v Croatia, November 27, KO: 11:00 ET/08:00 PT
  • Canada vs. Morocco, December 1, KO: 10:00 ET/07:00 PT

90 minutes from kickoff: What about Canadian opponents today? Japan, ranked 24th in the world, will certainly find one of the toughest groups in Qatar, alongside two European powerhouses in Spain and Germany. The Samurai Blue begin their campaign against the Germans next Wednesday, November 23, before facing Costa Rica four days later. Their last Group E match was against 2010 champions Spain on 1 December.

If that sounds like a tough assignment, it’s worth remembering that Japan have reached the last 16 in three of the last five World Cups, including 2018. 3-2 to Belgium, leading 2-0.

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2 hours 15 minutes from kickoff: A reminder that this friendly is being played at Dubai’s Al Maktoum Stadium, a short hop across the Persian Gulf from the two sides’ bases in Qatar. Canada, a 200-1 outsider for the World Cup, appears to have already won hearts and minds in the host nation.

3 hours from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of today’s World Cup practice match between Japan and Canada. This is the final chance for both managers to get their teams into action before the real fun begins. They hope all the players stay unscathed and avoid any late injuries…

Japan vs Canada Teams, Team News

Former Liverpool forward Takumi MinaminoNow in Monaco, starting for Japan, as well Takefusa Kubo The front also adds some star quality. Daichi Lust is on the bench.

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Japan (4-3-1-2, right to left): Gonda (GK) – Taniguchi, Itakura, Sakai; – Ito; Shibasaki, Tanaka, Mon; Asano; – Kubo, Minamino

Talisman Alphonso Davis He is not fit enough to take his place on the Canadian team as he recovers from recent hamstring injury issues.

But the Lille striker Jonathan DavidWith nine goals in 15 appearances for the French side so far this season, Reading has started up front in support of the winger. Junior Hoilett And Club Brugge forward Sail Laurin.

Canada (3-4-1-2, right to left): 18. Borjan (GK) – 2. Johnston, 5. Vitoria, 4. Miller – 13. Hutchinson, 6. Piet, 11. Buchanan 3. Adekugbe – 10. Hoilett, 20. David, 17. Laurin

Japan vs Canada Live Stream, TV Channel

date time TV channel streaming
USA Thursday, November 17 08:40 ET
Australia Friday, November 18 00:40 AEDT
UK Thursday, November 17 13:40 GMT Bet365
Canada Thursday, November 17 08:40 EST fuboTV, OneSoccer
Hong Kong Thursday, November 17 21:40 HKT Now T.V
India Thursday, November 17 19:10 IST
Malaysia Thursday, November 17 21:40 MYT
New Zealand Thursday, November 17 02:40 NZDT
Singapore Thursday, November 17 21:40 SGT


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