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Japan looking to make World Cup splash after sinking Germany

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By Andrew McKIRDY

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Absolutely brilliant manager- up there with the very best IMO. It puzzled me as to why he copped criticism for his squad selection and leaving certain players out. Those critics have well and truly gone quiet!

Go Moriyasu-Japan! Seal the R16 spot...then let's see how far they go!

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On the other hand, chairman of Japan football association said that media bring up human rights violation about FIFA world cup is undesirable.

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Ideal would be Japan beating Costa Rica and Spain-Germany getting a draw. Then Japan would only need a draw vs Spain to win the group. I'd rather not see Belgium again.

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If Japan could just reach the semifinals, that would be enough for me. If they reach the finals, that would be the best.

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If Japan could just reach the semifinals, that would be enough for me. If they reach the finals, that would be the best.

Moriyasu has set the benchmark as the Semi finals - minimum. And with this gaffer, there is real hope behind that statement. Topping the group will make the path easier.

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Looking at their media seems they have won the world cup.

I give them credit that they defeated a four time world champion team but Germany lost the game by itself.

Football is European and South American,and for sure one of the two continents (as usual) will bring the cup.

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Fighto!Today  10:02 am JST

If Japan could just reach the semifinals, that would be enough for me. If they reach the finals, that would be the best.

Moriyasu has set the benchmark as the Semi finals - minimum. And with this gaffer, there is real hope behind that statement. Topping the group will make the path easier.

Semi finals? keep dreaming.

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Moriyasu has set the benchmark as the Semi finals - minimum. 

Actually he said final 8 which would be the first time in Japan's history.

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Japan could win next game..

GO JAPAN !!..

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It was a great victory indeed. Well deserved and hardly worked.

But don’t get it wrong, German sun themselves. Lost to Mexico and South Korea in 2018, out in R16 (out of 24 teams) in Euro 2020, and with an almost full renovation in the squad.

Hope Japan does their best and qualifying to the bracket would be an accomplishment already

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Looking at the stats of the match between Germany and Japan, Germany dominated in every category (except scoring). Possession, Germany controlled the ball 76% of the match. Shots on target, Germany had 9 to Japan’s 4. Passes, Germany had 750+ passes to Japan’s 250+ passes.

Japan’s goalie did a spectacular job but he’s going to have to do it every match of the World Cup if the opposing teams they face dominate the field.

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Why the fascination with possession by so many people over the last few days? Japan - much improved. Fantastic win and deserve all the credit for it. BUT - Germany are still a side that are are technically , physically and on 9 days out of 10 coached tactically better than Japan.

There was a game exactly like on the last day of the Premier League before the World Cup Break. Man City vs Brentford. Same result 1-2. Possession 74% vs 26% . Corners 10 -2.

Do you not think that the coaches know this? Japan, like Brentford will have been told to sit back and absorb the pressure from what they know is a superior team and play on the counter. No need to chase the game whilst its 0-0 if you are Japan. They would have VERY happy with the draw pre-game, for sure. Brentford would have been very happy with the draw AT Man City.

In that game Man City behaved like they'd already left for the World Cup. In Wednesdays Game, Germany just thought it was a warm up and had NO idea what hit them in the second half. Careless, Arrogant and in that group a mistake that could send them on a very early plane home.

The confidence that this instills in tournament play is invaluable and I full expect that Japan will secure a win on Sunday and a passage into the last 16.

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Asian football is on the rise. Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are all capable of moving ahead and landing into the last 16. All the best.

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