France will be out to avoid any final day upset when they take on hosts Japan in their last group game of the ongoing Men's Olympics Soccer Tournament in Japan. Les Bleus will grace the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama with the single objective to secure all the three points as anything short of that could hamper their chances of qualification. They go into the game with three point from the two games they have featured in and with a two goal deficit to also take care of.
An opening day 4-1 defeat to Mexico handed Sylvain Ripoli's men a rather poor start before they could redeem themselves with a win against South Africa. The penultimate group clash proved to be a thrilling affair with two late goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Teji Savanier securing a 4-3 win for the Europeans.
Frances defensive shortcomings have been overly exposed as they have conceded the most goals at the Olympics this summer. Against a Japanese side that has scored thrice in two games and conceded one in the process, a better output will be required of Les Bleus.
For Japan, the instruction will be to deliver more of the same as they have practically qualify to the next round of the tournament. The Samarai Blue began their campaign as hosts with the 1-0 win over South Africa before beating Mexico 2-0 in the sunsequent encounter.
In the history of the tournament, their best finish in the soccer competition of the summer Olympics was achieved at London 2012. As hosts, they will look to make a name for themselves by going all the way and securing a the ultimate reward this time around.
France and Japan have met in the quarterfinals of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Japan secured a 3-1 win, and would eventually snatch the bronze medal. The Asians are currently unbeaten in their last seven games.
Predicted starting XI
France: Bernardoni; Caci, Nkounkou, Kalulu, Michelin; Tousart, Savanier; Mbuku, Muani, Thauvin; Gignac
Japan: Tani; Nakayama, Itakura, Yoshida, Sakai; Endo, Tanaka; Soma, Kubo, Doan; Hayashi.
France U23 vs Japan U23 Broadcast Information
Stadium: Nissan Stadium (Yokohama)
Canada: CBC Sports App, Amazon Prime Canada, cbcsports.ca
France: Eurosport Player France, Eurosport 2 France, Free
Germany: Eurosport Player, DAZN
India: JioTV, Sony LIV
Netherlands: Eurosport Player Netherlands
Portugal: Eurosport Player Portugal
Spain: Eurosport Player Spain
Turkey: Eurosport Player Turkey
United Kingdom: discovery+, EuroSport Player UK
United States: fuboTV, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App, NBCSN