Japan has got their 2010 World Cup challenge off to a good start with a 1-0 win in their first game against one of Africa’s powerhouses Cameroon. Keisuke Honda 28th minute strike came at a time when both teams looked unsettled in a rather scrappy game with Cameroon slightly on top before the goal. After the goal went in however Japan defended valiantly to come away with 3 points, their first ever win in a World Cup match outside their own country.
I could hear the Japanese fans over the buzz of the Vuvuzela!
I thought China was the Asian country famous for building great walls? Japan made their Samurai ancestors proud as they repelled wave after wave of attacks from Cameroon. They did look rather edgy in defense but apart from the a couple Samuel Eto raids and a late shot that struck the crossbar Japan did well to hold on to their lead.
Samuel Eto looked a frustrated figure playing through most of the game
I did say in my post about Japan’s Chances at the 2010 World Cup that they had to beat Cameroon to stand a chance, now that they have done that they will look to go into the game against the hard hitting Dutch who were also victorious in their match against Denmark. They will have to do more than just defend against the heavy artillery of the Netherlands in the form of Kuyt, Van Persie and Sneijder whose creativity and skill is a whole new level compared the the Cameroonians. Good Luck Blue Samurai!
The World Cup is all the rage on Twitter as expected, follow me @Jamaipanese as I tweet up a storm while watching each and every match.