The Japan national soccer team was in a do-or-die situation. A win would put it through to the knockout rounds, and a loss would end its FIFA World Cup campaign. Securing the win removed any possibility of it still being eliminated, subject to the result of the other Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany.
Super sub Ritsu Doan scored the equalizer in the early minutes of the second half. Reminiscent of his fine play against Germany a week earlier, this turned the momentum in favor of Japan. Moments later, Ao Tanaka found the back of the net again to take the lead and eventually win the game.
Japan's 2-1 win against Spain placed it on top of Group E and punched its ticket to the next round.
In the space of a week, the Samurai Blue have defeated two previous FIFA World Cup Champions in Germany (2014) and Spain (2010). Moreover, Japan is the first country from Asia to do so.
On Twitter, we look at how professional soccer players reacted to the epic come-from-behind victory.
— 福西崇史 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢 𝐅𝐮𝐤𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢 (@fukunishi_t) December 1, 2022
— 槙野智章 (@tonji5) December 1, 2022
— 中山雅史/ゴン中山⚽️🔥 (@gon_masashi) December 1, 2022
— 中村憲剛 (@kengo19801031) December 1, 2022
— 遠藤 航 (Wataru Endo) (@wataru0209) December 2, 2022
— YUIKA SUGASAWA (@GaaaSuuu09) December 1, 2022
Japan 🇯🇵 #FIFAWorldCup
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 1, 2022
— Keisuke Honda (@kskgroup2017) December 1, 2022
— 木村和司 (@_kazushi_10) December 1, 2022
— 武岡優斗 (@yutotakeoka17) December 1, 2022
— シュミット ダニエル / Daniel Schmidt (@Daniel_MYE) December 2, 2022
— Mana Iwabuchi 岩渕真奈 (@buchi_mana) December 1, 2022
— Yui Hasegawa/長谷川唯 (@maybe10_) December 1, 2022
— Takuhiro Nakai "Pipi"/中井卓大 (@pipirm8) December 1, 2022
— Junichi Inamoto / 稲本潤一 (@inamoto17_j) December 1, 2022
— 石川直宏 (@sgss18) December 1, 2022
— パトリック🇯🇵patric🇧🇷 (@patricaguiar) December 1, 2022
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Author: Galileo Ferrari