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Friday, 25 June 2010

Japan Eases into Knockout Stage

Japan eased to a surprisingly comfortable 3-1 win over Denmark to earn a Round of 16 matchup against Paraguay. Denmark, with no defence or midfield to speak of (and both Bendtner and Tomasson clearly not quite 100%), were no match for the Samurai Blue. The South Americans will be a tougher test, but are a team against whom Japan should have a good chance. It should be a fascinating game with both teams in with an equal chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Japan could easily have scored another couple of goals on top of the three they did manage. Kyoto native, Daisuke Matsui, was unlucky to see an early effort blocked by Danish keeper Sorensen, in one of his few good plays of the game. He certainly did not distinguish himself on either of the free kicks from which Japan scored the first two goals. Both were well taken, but greatly helped by poorly built wall and bad positioning by the keeper.

Manager Takeshi Okada will feel vindicated by the results so far, and we hope that the players can continue to play this well in the next game. In a tournament that has seen many of the big name teams struggle, his semi-final target may yet be achievable.

The results after the group games, see Japan lie joint sixth in the world rankings, alongside Spain.

RankFedTeamPldWDLGDPts
1CONMEBOLArgentina330069
2UEFANetherlands330049
3CONMEBOLUruguay321047
4CONMEBOLBrazil321037
5UEFAGermany320146
6AFCJapan320126
6UEFASpain320126
8CONMEBOLChile320116
9UEFAPortugal312075
10CONMEBOLParaguay312025
11CONCACAFUSA312015
11UEFAEngland312015
13CONCACAFMexico311114
13CAFIvory Coast311114
15UEFASlovenia311104
15CAFGhana311104
15UEFASwitzerland311104
18AFCSouth Korea3111-14
18UEFASlovakia3111-14
20CAFSouth Africa3111-24
21AFCAustralia3111-34
22OFCNew Zealand303003
23UEFASerbia3102-13
24UEFAGreece3102-33
24UEFADenmark3102-33
26UEFAItaly3021-12
27CAFNigeria3012-21
27CAFAlgeria3012-21
29UEFAFrance3012-31
29CONCACAFHonduras3012-31
31CAFCameroon3003-30
32AFCNorth Korea3003-110

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