The Japanese men’s soccer team will move on to the Olympic semifinals for the first time in 44 years after their 3-0 victory over Egypt on Saturday. Takashi Sekizuka, Japan’s coach, says the team is getting stronger and stronger with each earned victory, and they now have a strong chance at improving over the last bronze medal win in 1968. Next up, the Japanese men will face off against Mexico at London’s Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
With just over 70,000 fans watching at Old Trafford, Kensuke Nagai was able to score the first goal against Egypt in the match’s first half. Egypt fought back hard, trying their best to match the first goal before halftime, but they weren’t able to take advantage of any of their openings due to a lack of manpower. Both Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu scored for Japan in second half’s closing, closing off their dominance of the game in the best way possible: more goals.
Olympic soccer fans were surprised by Japan after their first round victory against Spain, 1-0, leading the 2010 World Cup winners to be eliminated in their second match. With a huge boost in confidence, the Blue Samurai went on to a repeat 1-0 victory against Morocco, ending the round robin matches with a 0-0 draw against Honduras. The London Games are turning out to be quite the event for soccer fans in Japan, as both the women’s team, Nadeshiko Japan, and the men’s team are in the semifinals with strong positions good-looking chances to get the prized gold medal.
[via Washington Post]
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