Japan are 2011 Asian Cup Champions

At the start of January when the 2011 Asian cup was about to start I made me bold, bias and sensible prediction that Japan would walk away with the cup this year. The Blue Samurai didn’t disappointed me and building on their excellent performance at the World Cup last year then went on to beat Australian 1-0 in the final to become the 2011 Champions of Asia, their forth overall – the most by any team in the Asian division.

Beautiful Goal and MVP

The final went to extra time and although Australia pilled on the pressure and had the bulk of the chances, Japan defended valiantly and struck a beautiful volleyed goal by substitute Tadanari Lee after excellent work by right back Yuto Nagatomo to seal the win in the 108th minute after Australia seemed worn out and vulnerable in extra time. Japan star Keisuke Honda continued his brilliant performance from the world cup, pulling the strings in midfield throughout the tournament as was chosen as the tournament’s most valuable player. Highlights of the final in a video below – RSS feed and email readers might have to click here to view it properly.

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Tough luck Australia a few of my J-blogger pals like Reesan and AdelaideBen are from Oz but the Blue Samurai got the better of the Socceroos! well at least this time ;)

This is my submission for the February 2011 Japan Blog Maturi!

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4 thoughts on “Japan are 2011 Asian Cup Champions

  1. thanks for the mention jamai. where was the defense on lee when he scored? man, he was standing there all alone. what a screamer of a goal though.

    i saw a headline in the newspaper today, it said “Lee causes Socceroos heartbreak”. I didn’t think the Socceroos cared about what I thought. i really should call them and tell them not to be too tough on themselves. :-)

  2. I’ve been too raw to provide printable comment (just joking)… it was a tight game, and a lot of commentators here were indicating a Australia v Japan final from the outset. However, anyone that knows a thing or two about this league knows to also expect the unexpected. So it was good to see that the two best teams were in the final (he says, assuming that Australia deserved it’s place, which many other non-Australians might disagree with).

    I’m glad at least that it didn’t end in penalties… I know it’s part of the game, but there’s nothing particularly satisfying by winning (or losing) on penalties.

    So well done Blue Samurai! And yes – it was a kick-arse goal. Australia has historically lacked people that can convert opportunities to wins. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s about… so Japan is a worthy winner.

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