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Expected result. Well done on making Qatar, Samurai Blue! The Socceroos with three debutantes and poor form were sadly not at the level of this very experienced, quality Japan team.

Moriyasu is a top manager. The way he has this team set up, they could - with some luck - go far into the knockout stages in Qatar. Playing the tournament in familiar conditions will help them too. Good luck in Qatar, Japan - they are probably many Aussie's team to follow now!

Italy missing the Cup...now theres a shock!

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One of my Japanese coworkers mentioned the score last night. There was a collective yawn from the Westerners in the room.

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Well done to Japan. Hard to see Australia getting to Qatar - honest enough but just don’t have the quality.

Italy missing the cup

I must admit I thought Italy in recent years were better to watch than the awful defensive sides of the past and deserved winning the Euros. I don’t feel the same childish glee as when they last failed to qualify.

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This happens every 4 years. Japan starts off the Qualification rounds weak then comes on strong towards the end and qualifies. Every 4 years the same media members and same people panic and criticize the team and coaches only to disappear after they win.

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Italy missing the Cup...now theres a shock!

I always thought it would be hard for them to beat Portugal in Portugal, but they didn't even make it that far.

Spinazzola and Chiesa were the game-changers at the Euros and they just seem flat without them. Immobile is only good for counter-attacks but is still chosen to start against an opponent that will obviously defend in numbers. Italy need to develop better strikers but Mancini is also to blame here. He let the Euro win go to his head and kept putting out the same team despite their weaknesses.

That is a worry I have with Moriyasu as well. Can he make the changes when needed? Ito and Mitoma can't save Japan every time.

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Not digging the navy cammo.

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Congrats to Japan, they played better on the night and got the result. Aussies had flashes but you dont win games by going to sleep in defense in the last five minutes.

I dont think there is a domestic Aussie with the coaching credentials at the top level and the previous star power the Aussies had in 2006 are long gone and not replaced.

Japan pressured all night and didnt lose focus. The off the bench dynamo scored twice and took both the match and probaly the best chance the Aussies had for the world cup.

I dont think the Australian team would be doing anything but making up the numbers in the World cup, they do not click and are a few top players from being really competitive. Japan has some star power and will shake up its WC group. Lets hope they fly the flag for the Asian group and do well at the cup.

Australia I think needs a good European or South American coach, and it needs to find some star players that are reliable.

I will be following Japan and England now in the WC and happy for both to do well and win if possible. The world needs good news and sport can often do that.

For now though, thoughts with those who's lives are in immediate danger, where ever in the world they are. Too many conflicts around us when peace and security is needed to battle climate change that effects all our futures.

Again, well played Japan. Your boys deserved their win.

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Congratulations to gaffer Hajime Moriyasu and his Samurai Blue. Well played Japan.

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Japan is full of individual that play has a team. Australia in a team that players and coach that play as individuals. When you have the coach going out and doing his own thing and breaking the law what does that say the the players. Australia is not a soccer nation and never will be. It is Australian most played sport with the highest participation yet we are hopeless at soccer.

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It is Australian most played sport with the highest participation yet we are hopeless at soccer.

Soccer is the fifth most attended sport in Australia and not in the top ten for participants.

Aerobic is the top participant sport followed by golf and tennis is number three.

The most popular sport is AFL or Australian rules football, a domestic Aussie sport.

https://www.topendsports.com/world/lists/popular-sport/countries/australia.htm

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One of my Japanese coworkers mentioned the score last night. There was a collective yawn from the Westerners in the room.

When in Rome.

I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve by open derision of your hosts, but its not working for the rest of us just trying to get along.

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Should reduce Asian automatic spots to two teams based on the poor quality. Have teams 3 through 6 play off against Euros, Africa, central, South America. Unlikely they would win any of those games. Italy is vastly superior to even the top two teams.

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Sorry Peter14 your wrong as for teams sport AFL is 6 on the list below basketball. Soccer is the biggest play team sport. The next play sport is cycling and number one is swimming. You must be thinking of professional sport teams. Don’t worry about down votes. I wear it as a badge of honor.

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BigYen

Peter14:

Glad to see you’ll be supporting Japan too, as I will be.

I loved my visit to Japan and the people are friendly. All good.

@John-San

The link I provided above seems out of date. In 2021 the top participation sport reported in Australia was Cricket, followed by Australia Rules Football and Soccer third.

https://sportsgeeks.net/most-popular-sports-in-australia/

Sorry for the error of my previous post.

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Italy is vastly superior to even the top two teams.

they couldn’t beat north Macedonia, at home.

I didn’t even know north Macedonia was a country.

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Peter14 this is the link for the info I obtain https://onthegosports.com.au/blogs/news/the-10-most-popular-sports-in-australia.

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Well played, Moriyasu Japan!

I stated at the end of the last world cup, Samurai Blue should aim for the Semi finals of Qatar. They have the players to make every other team nervous. Just 3 goals conceded ALL CAMPAIGN! Japans defense is a brick wall.

The dream is on!

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John-SanToday 08:44 pm JST

Peter14 this is the link for the info I obtain https://onthegosports.com.au/blogs/news/the-10-most-popular-sports-in-australia.

Thanks for the link, It still shows soccer as number 3 sport in Australia. Your link shows Swimming as the most popular sport and Cycling as number two.

What I get from the difference in links is that Australia loves sports of all types.

As a kid I played Aussie rules, Cricket, Soccer, did karate, and swimming.

For all that, Japan still beat us last night and is headed to the WC. Australia will be back at some point, I can say that for sure.

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Should reduce Asian automatic spots to two teams based on the poor quality. Have teams 3 through 6 play off against Euros, Africa, central, South America. Unlikely they would win any of those games.

What you're saying is give European nations 3 chances. No, this is what the word qualification means. How is football going to develop around the world if you don't give reasonable slots to Asia and Africa. If a European nation cannot qualify top or from the playoffs then they don't deserve to meet an Asian or African nation.

Italy is vastly superior to even the top two teams.

They can't even qualify beyond their own playoff semi-final against North Macedonia.

One of my Japanese coworkers mentioned the score last night. There was a collective yawn from the Westerners in the room.

Any Italian, Austrian, or Australian yawns maybe.?

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The Japan team wasn’t as good as the score line suggest! The truth is that the Australian team is just horrible! Their bad performance made the Japanese team look good! This is the same Japanese team which list its first few matches during the WCQ and was bashed by everyone and even doubted that they would qualify for the WC. But after their first match up with the Socceroos a few weeks back they turned things around by gaining confidence. Then after beating the Australian team again they confirmed their place in the WC! But they won’t will be extremely lucky to win a single match in the WC if they don’t lift up their game because they only qualified due to the poor performance of other teams in the Oceania / Asia region rather than their own superior performance!

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They can't even qualify beyond their own playoff semi-final against North Macedonia.

And yet if this Italy team plays this Japan team or any other team in the Oceania / Asia region the Italians would trash them with a big score line! This just highlighted the original post by someone that the World Cup isn’t the best teams necessarily and the allocations for the qualifiers needs to be re-evaluated! More places needs to be given to quality teams from Europe and South America rather than weaker Asian / Oceania teams who never or hardly ever make it past the pool matches !

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Well played, Moriyasu Japan! 

I stated at the end of the last world cup, Samurai Blue should aim for the Semi finals of Qatar. They have the players to make every other team nervous. Just 3 goals conceded ALL CAMPAIGN! Japans defense is a brick wall. 

The dream is on

I’ve always respected your graciousness in defeat.

Hope your Socceroos can make it to Qatar too but it looks tough.

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MikeH, NorthMacedonia ranked 67 in the world just beat Italy 1-0 and knocked them out of the World Cup. Why would Italy be a certainty to beat Japan ranked 23 in the world?

Korea, Japan and Iran all all ranked higher than Austria, Czech Republic, and Turkey. Why should we regard the European nations as superior?

We saw what happened with super league mentality. The football game needs to develop and give the Asian and African teams the experience.

The European nations already have their Euros tournament. We don't need two.

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I streamed the whole game. Truthfully, the score is not that indicative of how dominant Japan was. If not for a couple of Minamino shots that hit the woodwork, the score could've been much worse.

In the last 10 matches with Australia, Japan has 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss.

That's a very dominant run

Hopefully, Japan can advance past the round of 16 this time

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Peter14 soccer is high in juniors but when reaching early adolescence have more passion to play a team contact sport or find a individual sport with more reward. Plus the diving of soccer hero to majority of Australian is a real turn off. They see AFL and NRL taking hard hit and get back up shake in off and get back to playing. Where in soccer they see a player get a small bump and carry on like they are dying all for the hope of a penalty. This culture of acting a injury is not part of Aussie culture and real turn off. If you notice the Japanese teams over the decade never employ this tactic but team in the EU and South America rely on this tactic and part of their culture. It not apart of Aussie culture so soccer will always will find it hard to attract natural talented players because of this acting out a injury to get the better of the other team.

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More places needs to be given to quality teams from Europe and South America rather than weaker Asian / Oceania teams who never or hardly ever make it past the pool matches !

Sorry to tell you, but Asias places in the WC are doubling from 4 to 8 for the 2026 WC. Guaranteed. And rightly so.

There is nothing to suggest Japan, Iran, Saudi or S Korea cannot go deep in Qatar. As for Moriyasu-Japan, and Korea, most of their players play in Europe in the best leagues like EPL, Bundesliga etc. One of my favourite players, Maeda Daizen, did not even make the bench for this game! There is great depth.

Let's stop anti-Asian soccer bias, and cheer on the Asian teams in Qatar.

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Where in soccer they see a player get a small bump and carry on like they are dying all for the hope of a penalty. This culture of acting a injury is not part of Aussie culture and real turn off

I’m an Everton fan and loved Tim Cahill - arguably the best Australian player ever in terms of international performances. Tim was pretty well versed in the darker arts of the game. He conned a ref or 2.

There is nothing to suggest Japan, Iran, Saudi or S Korea cannot go deep in Qatar

I suppose we can look at recent performances which factor in to how many teams qualify from each confederation. In 2014, I think I’m right in saying no Asian team reached the knockout stage. In 2018, one Asian team ( Japan ) made it to the last 16.

I truly hope that the Asian teams do well in Qatar, but it seems Asian football has stagnated or even gone backwards over the last decade.

Anyway, hope one or more of them goes far. Same goes for African and North American sides.

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TigersTokyoDomeMar. 25  10:40 pm JST

Should reduce Asian automatic spots to two teams based on the poor quality. Have teams 3 through 6 play off against Euros, Africa, central, South America. Unlikely they would win any of those games.

What you're saying is give European nations 3 chances. No, this is what the word qualification means. How is football going to develop around the world if you don't give reasonable slots to Asia and Africa.

Totally illogical response. This would be like saying African and Asian teams should get automatic world rugby or ice hockey slots in order to help "develop" those game. Or maybe give Japan a world cricket spot? In fact this sort of affirmative action is exactly which reduces quality. I want to see the best, and only the best.

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More places needs to be given to quality teams from Europe and South America 

what small thinking this is - this is called a World Cup for a reason.

If you just want to watch mostly European or South American teams, they have special tournaments for that.

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@Jessie Lee

Decent point about the World Cup being about quality rather than inclusivity but I don’t think rugby, cricket or ice-hockey are great examples here. The gap in quality isn’t so pronounced. These are sports of limited appeal played to a high level in only a few countries.

The Asian teams which qualify for the World Cup are still good enough to give the top sides a serious game and cause a few upsets. They aren’t San Marino or Gibraltar.

The Rugby World Cup has cannon fodder to make up the numbers. They are not capable of giving the top sides a serious game.

It might be worth mentioning that no South American country has won a World Cup for 20 years - it’s been a European monopoly. Only one South American team has reached the final since 2002.

Should we reduce the number of South American teams?

As mentioned earlier, it could end up basically like the Euros.

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JimizoToday  01:28 pm JST

Some valid points, but the numbers do not lie. They should allocate places based on previous world cup performances and records. For example, in 2018 WC in group stage, South American teams topped 3 of the groups, and 2nd in another. Asian teams such as Australia were dead last, or 2nd last as Korea.

Unfortunately Fifa is all about money making and not quality, so they would not use an objective allocation system based on numbers. To quote Platini, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup, *He said: "[The World Cup is] not based on the quality of the teams because you don't have the best 32 at the World Cup"*

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Australia ain’t all that when it comes to soccer.

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