The Blue Samurai have defeated Morocco 1-0 after a near scoreless Olympic soccer match. The Japanese men’s soccer team almost ended with a 0-0 draw, much like the women’s team did with Sweden on Saturday. The single goal was made by Kensuke Nagai with only six minutes left on the clock. Playing at England’s St James’ Park, Morocco was in control of the ball for a little over half of the game, at 58%, and prior to the last 10 minutes, each team only had three shots at the goal. But that last 10 minutes was intense, as Morocco had two more that were blocked, both in the final three minutes, desperate to stop the last-second victory by Japan.
Morocco was coming from another tie, 2-2 with Honduras, but Japan had surprised the world, and excited those back home, with their debut Olympic soccer match on Thursday when they managed a 1-0 win against Spain, the 2010 World Cup champions, and seen most likely to win this year’s gold medal. The Japanese team kept their defenses in tight order, and Spain just couldn’t score. Kensuke Nagai kept Spain’s defenses on their toes, and Yuki Otsu scored the game’s only goal a little over 30 minutes in.
After today’s win, Japan will play against Honduras on Wednesday, August 1st. Spain meanwhile hasn’t completely lost their chance at the gold medal, but they will have to pick up their game from here on out. They will go on to play against Honduras from now, and Morocco on Wednesday.
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