2018 FIFA World Cup - Group H : Japan vs Colombia

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Dax, Jun 14, 2018.

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What result do you expect?

Poll closed Jun 18, 2018.
  1. Japan Win

    38.9%
  2. Draw

    27.8%
  3. Colombia Win

    33.3%
  1. Suren01

    Suren01 Member+

    Apr 9, 2012
    Netherlands
    Nat'l Team:
    Iraq
    Congrats my friends :) Very happy to see Japan doing well! Now on to the next game.
     
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  2. Gordon1995

    Gordon1995 Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Cuadrado was little bit of a prick as well, constantly looking for fouls despite being the one initiating contact against Haraguchi at times.
     
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  3. rougou

    rougou Member+

    Dec 7, 2003
    Hyogo
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Yeh Okada was commenting on Japanese TV and praised him as well.

    It was fun, but a bit nerve-racking. Colombia barely attacked but looked like they could score whenever they did.
    Do you think Pékerman was a bit arrogant putting James on instead of putting in a defender and just playing for the draw? They threw Bacca on as well!
     
  4. Gordon1995

    Gordon1995 Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    I hope Hasebe can maintain his form for the remaining matches. He is too important to the JNT. His fitness is a concern with his age, not sure if anyone in JNT can replace him if he cannot play the full 90 mins.
     
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  5. rougou

    rougou Member+

    Dec 7, 2003
    Hyogo
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Hasebe was still arguing with the ref after Japan won, lol. I wonder if it was about the phantom foul called against him that gave Colombia a goal, or a more recent foul that wasn't called.
     
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  6. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    I agree. But yes it is frustrating to see his finishing abilities, could have scored 4 today. But on a day like this, lets forget about that.
     
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  7. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    Let's hope they keep saying that till the next match indeed till the end of the group stage! Our opponents underestimate us it's a big added value for our side!
     
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  8. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    This Polish defence without Kamil Glik is a joke.
    No wonder they lost 0-4 against Denmark in the qualifications.

    0-2 for Senegal right now. Japan shall take notes from Senegal on how to be calm and capitalise on/convert their chances.
     
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  9. rougou

    rougou Member+

    Dec 7, 2003
    Hyogo
    Club:
    AS Roma
    I don't like the whole sponsor thing either, but I think Honda is still decent enough to be a sub on this team. Poor giveaway, but if he was not there to take the corner Japan may not have won. Let's try to recognize both the bad and the good.
    BTW Kagawa was good earlier on but as Okada mentioned he was hardly getting on the ball anymore, so he was rightly subbed out.
     
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  10. rougou

    rougou Member+

    Dec 7, 2003
    Hyogo
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Well we lost 4-1 last time and are arguably worse now, so I wouldn't have a problem with that. It also depends on how Japan and Colombia do in the matches to come. But red card was earned by Japan so it's all part of the game.
     
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  11. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why does Japan seem to play better with a Japanese coach?
     
  12. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    Maybe cuz japanese translators suck?
     
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  13. marten48

    marten48 Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    United States
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    My thoughts FWIW. Great play by Osako in the build up to the penalty, using his physicality and beating Davinson Sanchez. Nishino made to look brilliant by keeping faith with him. You worry about having a poor finisher as your #9 but Osako has some outstanding qualities as he’s proven in the Bundesliga. Also, Kagawa, what a great story. For me this is a bit of redemption for him after WC 2014. The dangerous shot (that looked like it might go in) which forced the Carlos Sanchez handball. And Kagawa’s composure to cooly slot home down the middle should not be taken for granted. The foul on Hasebe was a disgraceful dive by Falcao. But rather than be demoralized by the injustice the team responded bravely with a much better second-half performance, which was rightly rewarded by the Osako goal, an impressive header that he managed to convert despite being surrounded by defenders. It’s a great win, a historic one for an Asian side, but of course the team should not get carried away. It’s time to focus on what needs to be improved (those things have been pointed out on this board) and do whatever we can to get a result in the Senegal game.
     
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  14. SandyRavage

    SandyRavage Member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Scotland
    Club:
    Dundee United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    What an excellent result. I nearly won £500 too. I bet on kagawa to score first and Japan to win 3-1!. So close. Now if only Nishino can figure out how to put his earpiece in for the next press conference hellhbe fine haha. Fantastic game, what a result! Onto the next one.
     
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  15. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
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  16. Kakeru

    Kakeru Member

    Manchester United
    Japan
    Feb 22, 2016
    #WeTheNorth
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Troussier was very good in the context of the time though.

    I was very happy with what I saw today. Inui provided a very dangerous threat from the left wing. Osako also played well on top of scoring the crucial goal; he een came back to block a dangerous shot to protect the lead too. Kagawa showed very good composure in the number 10 position and from the penalty spot.

    It was a shame that we got scored on a free kick that perhaps should have not been given, but kudos to Japan for keeping their focus and staying strong when teams of the past would have folded under pressure. Now that we have 3 points in the bank, let's keep playing one match at the time and remember that we have defeated African sides before in the World Cup when we had to.
     
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  17. Drew1404

    Drew1404 Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Not to get carried away but if Japan do get through its either England or Belgium and that sucks, but yeah one match at a time, just want to see Japan play with freedom and confidence now and not be scared
     
  18. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    Japan did very well in a low intensity game [​IMG]

    but it doesn't matter, the score management was really excellent. There's still room for improvement in terms of cold bloodedness, passing and efficiency but a big step towards qualifying has been done.
    Shibasaki and Osagod MVP.
     
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  19. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    We played against Belgium last year at their him and narrowly lost 0-1 due to a defensive lapse of concentration.

    I don't think that either Belgium or England will be more dangerous than Colombia.
     
  20. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Harry Kane :D
     
  21. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    The thing about Colombia is that every player has great individual skills, they can dribble in a way that will create chaos and unpredictability among their opponents.

    The same could not be said about Belgium, England and Poland, even if they have Lukaku, Keane or Lewandowski, a strict man-marking to any of these strikers can neutralize him and render the team's movements predictable and easy to defend (Tunisia did it in a good way yesterday, and they just left Harry Kane unmarked twice and it was what cost them the match),
     
  22. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Yeah but those players can kill Japan anytime.
     
  23. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    Don't talk about anything related to playoff please. Let's move step by step.
     
  24. naopon

    naopon Member+

    Jan 2, 2007
    California
    Club:
    Kawasaki Frontale
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
     
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  25. theFOOTBALLlover

    FC Porto, SC Freamunde & Dulwich Hill FC
    Jan 17, 2015
    Sydney
    I know Japan beat Colombia but I was a bit concerned with their performance in the first half and I believe they might struggle when they have to face a good side with 11 on the pitch.

    They couldn't control possession and looked dodgy at the back. However, they did a lot better in the second half but was that a result of tired legs or did Japan step up?

    We'll have to see what Japan turns up against Senegal.
     
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