Japan’s run at the 2010 FIFA World Cup came to an end in the round of 16 when they were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Paraguay. The Blue Samurai and the red and white clad South Americans played out an largely uneventful 90 minutes in which the Japanese seemed tired and the Paraguayans refusing to be caught on the counter. Unlike the Denmark game there were very few set-piece opportunities throughout the match for Japan and during open play Keisuke Honda was kept in check by the Paraguayan defence.
After regular time thee was another nervous 30 minutes of extra time before before referee Bleeckere indicated that the match would go to penalties. With the scores at 3-2 Japanese defender Yuichi Komano clipped the crossbar while missing his penalty giving Paraguay the advantage, an advantage they didn’t give up as they went on to win 5-4.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.