Monday, 30th July 2012
In Japan Sports News, Sports,
Japanese footballers make last eight at Olympics
The Japanese men’s football team made the last eight of the Olympic Games following a shock victory over Spain in their opening match.
Winning both of their matches to make the quarter finals, the side also took down Morocco over the weekend to progress in the Games.
The men’s team has not made it past the group stages since Sydney in 2000 and last took a podium position for bronze in Mexico in 1968.
However, Kensuke Nagai looked set to change the side’s fortune after lobbing the ball over his rival’s goalkeeper to win the game 1-0 in the 84th minute.
This was not the first chance Japan had at taking the lead, having missed out on a couple of opportunities in the first half.
Morocco strived to put pressure on their opponents before the close of the game and almost managed an equaliser in the 92nd minute.
Japan topped Group D with six points, followed by Honduras with four, while Spain came bottom of the table with no points.
Posted by Susan Ballion