2018 FIFA World CupTM
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And if you were Japan's Manager what would you have done differently ?
Ha. Saying England played to lose.... England just lost because Belgium were better. Japan on the other hand were happy to take a loss because of a crap rule
Typical English media. 'I hope they get battered'. It's hardly Japans fault. They played a tactic and it paid off. England would have done exactly the same thing. It's FIFA they should complain to, they brought the rule in...oh wait we'd better stay in their good books if we want the 2030 cup. Also a possible Senegal goal made it quite tense, much better than drawing lots, as if that's fairer.
I would have done the same if I was the Japanese coach. Why risk conceding another goal an injury or a card when the Poles were happy with the result?
Funny how we let Belgium had all the possession and we aimed to finish second. Yet we have issues with Japan gaming the system similarly.
514. Posted by sabcarreraI agree. Though this game probably doesn't compare to the infamous "Disgrace of Gijon" game. Only because "fair play" was not considered important to the result in 1982. FIFA have introduce this system, so I guess teams will play to it.
Japan played for the result and it paid off. No one cheated or broke the rules. Chill
And maybe Poland rather see Japan go through than Senegal so they did what they could to make that happen.
Utter hypocrisy from the holier than thou so-called experts. So when a player heads to the corner flag with the ball to kill time that's acceptable!? Japan did what they had to. Poland could have forced the issue and put on some pressure but didn't. Well done Japan. A gamble worth taking.
512. Posted by JumperForGoalposts on"If Germany had done this again, we'd be hearing about the "Masters of Tactics"."Conversely, had Germany been eliminated in this manner would the BBC be so uptight?
Japan believe Kamikaze again in the next match with Belgium. They will get completely knocked out in the next round. I got embarrassed as a Japanese.
It feels almost erring towards racism (maybe too strong a word), by the pundits. They seem so virulent towards the Japanese for doing what numerous European national teams have done time and time again at this stage in the competition. And all this "get what they deserve" stuff is bordering on pathetic. If Germany had done this again, we'd be hearing about the "Masters of Tactics".
It is really funny to see how many ‘pundits’ and journalists suddenly becomes self righteous! Japan have gone according to the regulation. As simple that !Surely the last 10 minutes was extrmelly boring, but you cannot complain the players as they were not paid to entertain. You could have watched the other game as I did instead of pathetically complaining as many pundits did!
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