2018 FIFA World Cup - Last 16 : Japan vs Belgium

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Samurai Warrior, Jun 28, 2018.

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What result do you expect?

Poll closed Jul 2, 2018.
  1. Japan win

    8 vote(s)
    32.0%
  2. Belgium win

    14 vote(s)
    56.0%
  3. Japan win by PKs

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  4. Belgium win by PKs

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Honestly F&&& Belgium. 4 years ago they eliminated my first team (USA) and now they eliminate the other national team I care about.
     
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  2. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    No.

    I'm happy and proud of what I saw.
     
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  3. SandyRavage

    SandyRavage Member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Scotland
    Club:
    Dundee United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    I'm no big fan after his time at Dundee Utd but that is a ridiculous comment.
     
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  4. HTCONEM8

    HTCONEM8 Member

    May 16, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Belgium's first goal was the turning point. Devastated :(
     
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  5. SandyRavage

    SandyRavage Member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Scotland
    Club:
    Dundee United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    You should be. Everyone expected Belgium to steamroll you (I'm assuming you're from Japan) but you fought hard and could have won. It was an incredible game and maybe it was naïve at the end but I always complain when teams don't go for it at that end so I have no problem with those tactics....it just backfired this time.
     
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  6. Blue-San

    Blue-San Member+

    Jun 21, 2011
    Club:
    Kashima Antlers
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Well done they have played like I have hoped for. This was Japan football at its finest. Too bad it wasnt enough in the end but a lot of neutrals just aplauded them and us I think we can be proud as well. I have no bad taste in my mouth after this.

    My biggest hope is that Japanese football becomes stronger because of this and I hope one day and maybe soon we see even better Japanese players and even stronger Japan team and a strong football nation, one capable of reaching higher and I do hope it is with Moriyasu!
     
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  7. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Because honestly I thought Japan didn't have a chance today, gotta be honest. It was a great match instead, the result was what I expected and it's tragic that it happened this way but again, I came with no expectations and was wrong.
     
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  8. datschge

    datschge Member+

    Feb 9, 2014
    Germany
    This was an excellent game by Japan, tactical fluidity at its best (German TV was just raving about that as well). Belgium came back through luck and brute force. It's only sad that the 3rd goal against was totally unnecessary, why bet everything on a corner against physically bigger and stronger opponents able to play on counter, the minute before extra time would start.
     
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  9. PinoyMarauder

    PinoyMarauder Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Philippines/Canada
    I feel like these Japanese team felt so much pressure from western media after the last 15 minutes against Poland that even at 2-0 they felt the need to attack.

    The worse is the corner. No one is gonma blame you for time wasting in that scenario. Stop thinking too much about other peoole.
     
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  10. AKITOD

    AKITOD Member+

    Apr 5, 2007
    Hobart, Aust
    Club:
    JEF United Ichihara
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Ok now analysing there were 3 key decisions made that cost us the game.

    Firstly. Once we were 2-0 up at the 60th and it was clear Osako was tired, why no Okazaki sub? The delay to substitution lead to the first goal in my opinion. I think they should've brought Okazaki at 60' and Honda at 70.

    Second. Why Yamaguchi, Shibasaki was still running well and was instrumental in our attack. The substitution ruined both Attack & Defence. I could understand if you added Yamaguchi to the Hasebe/Shibasaki midfield and say removed somebody up front but to do a swap is stupid.

    Third. That corner, what the hell team who is level sends everyone forward on the corner with extra time coming. I don't know whose call that was but it cost us the QF place.
     
  11. PinoyMarauder

    PinoyMarauder Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Philippines/Canada

    Its probably because of the critisim against japan in the poland game. Gotta think of yourself first before you think of others opinion imo.

    That or nishino had zero confidence theyd win in extra time.
     
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  12. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Or they could end up like the USA 4 years ago, giving Belgium a game and miss the next World Cup.
     
  13. Blue-San

    Blue-San Member+

    Jun 21, 2011
    Club:
    Kashima Antlers
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Well Japan before 1990 didnt have a profesional football team. They brought their 100 year plan, they are executing it and 25 years into it Japan are the strongest football nation in Asia. Now I just hope they reach even further and improve more
     
  14. marten48

    marten48 Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    United States
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    After Osako’s goal vs Colombia on a Honda delivery they thought they could do the same thing. Yes it was risky and backfired. Belgium is a lot better at defending corners than Colombia.
     
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  15. AKITOD

    AKITOD Member+

    Apr 5, 2007
    Hobart, Aust
    Club:
    JEF United Ichihara
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Speaking of which, who was the wise guy who decided to stand still in the face of the Belgium counter on the 3rd goal?
     
  16. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    The timing was completely wrong though. One minute to play, run the clock.
     
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  17. Ogasawara

    Ogasawara Member

    Jun 15, 2014
    Club:
    Kashima Antlers
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Yamaguchi:ROFLMAO:
     
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  18. AKITOD

    AKITOD Member+

    Apr 5, 2007
    Hobart, Aust
    Club:
    JEF United Ichihara
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    So he cost us the QF spot.

    The guy who was brought on to sure up the defence. F**king hell.

    The team was screaming the need for a substitution at the 60-65th... They looked tired. I would've said Okazaki first on for Osako, then Honda on but put him central with Kagawa on the right. 3rd sub should've been late and perhaps Kagawa off for Yamaguchi to add to the CM core make it a 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1.

    Honda was quite positive in his work when he came on, almost grabbed a winner. Good free kick effort too.
    Make no mistake, this is disgraceful to lose a 2-0 lead from minute 54.

    Guys we may have just seen the last Japan NT match for Keisuke Honda.
     
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  19. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Unless he's about to retire I think the Asian Cup is too soon for him to be done
     
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  20. AKITOD

    AKITOD Member+

    Apr 5, 2007
    Hobart, Aust
    Club:
    JEF United Ichihara
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Tbh I doubt he gives a crap about the AC. If anything else, he's already won it.
     
  21. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    I really can't fathom how you can watch them blow a 2-0 lead in the last 16th of the WC and get all philosophical but to each their own I guess. But at the same time you can never have expectations since you seem ok with giving them points for trying.
     
  22. marten48

    marten48 Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    United States
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Maybe Okazaki wasn’t fully fit after getting a knock in the last game? However even if fully fit Nishino probably would have gone with Yamaguchi anyway, he seems to trust him, inexplicably. Our lack of a good strong central defensive midfielder comes back to bite us. This has been a hole in the squad since the beginning of this generation of players.
     
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  23. yanagibashi

    yanagibashi Member

    Eintracht Braunschweig
    Japan
    Jan 3, 2018
    Absolutely devastated but so proud.

    Massive shame we put so many bodies up front for that corner, regardless how good Honda’s been this WC we’re not going to score on a set piece against Belgium of all teams. Ball went straight to Courtois which was the worst possible scenario. No idea what Yamaguchi was doing, should’ve hacked down the Belgian attack and get a yellow.

    Belgian looked so vulnerable in defence in that second half.
     
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  24. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is actually the performance I was expecting them to have in 2014.
     
  25. Ogasawara

    Ogasawara Member

    Jun 15, 2014
    Club:
    Kashima Antlers
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    If only Aoyama would not have been injured. With Aoyama we did not have to endure the terrible performance of Yamaguchi and would have a great CM as a sub. We terribly missed Aoyama at this World Cup.
     
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