Japan and South Korea are out of the World Cup
Islam News – In yesterday’s game with Croatia, Japan established a lead through Daizen Maeda, but a routine penalty kick from Croatia evened the score. Extra time came and went, and Japan lost on 3-1 penalties, after a 1-1 draw.
The end of Japan, when it came, felt somehow routine, my colleague Rory Smith wrote. But few teams have illuminated and enlivened this tournament quite like Hajime Moriyasu’s ever-shifting Japan side, one that somehow contrived to beat Germany, lose to Costa Rica and then overcome Spain, all in the space of 10 chaotic, slightly illogical days.
South Korea, meanwhile, was wildly outmatched against Brazil, in terms of pure soccer talent, and it showed in the results. Its one goal was spectacular, drilled by Paik Seung-ho from well outside the penalty area. But the team struggled otherwise to gain any sort of a foothold against Brazil’s relentless quality. Brazil scored four goals within a 29-minute span of the first half and eliminated South Korea, 4-1.
Up next: Tomorrow Morocco plays Spain, and Portugal takes on Switzerland.
Source: The New York Times