I channeled my love of all things Japan and directed it towards Brazil but alas it was not enough for Japan to make it through to the round of sixteen of the 2014 World Cup. After being placed in a wide open Group C with Columbia, Greece and the Ivory Coast where any of the 4 teams could have progressed Japan crashed out after losing to Columbia 4 goals to 1 in their final game at the brand new Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá, Brazil.
Japan’s Matches Quick Recap
Japan’s first match was against Côte d’Ivoire where they were 1 goal up for much of the game after Keisuke Honda scored first in the 16th minute. Japan played some really excellent football but was defeated when Côte d’Ivoire scored two goals in quick succession to take the win over a tiring Japan team. The second match Japan played was against Greece. It was a match I think they should have won but could not break down a resilient Greek side even after a Greek player was sent off in the first half. So went it to the final match Against Columbia with one point and very minute chance of progressing to the next round. Unfortunately it was not to be as Japan went behind due to a penalty and although they threatened were ripped apart on the counter repeatedly by a ruthless Colombian team who went on to top the group ahead of Greece who also progress. I think the Japanese team did well and although they did not progress can be proud of their participation and the exciting games they were a part of. See you at the next World Cup Japan!
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