Japan vs. Cameroon: Japan tames the Indomitable Lions, 1-0
After today's lackluster performance in the Japan vs. Cameroon game, the Indomitable Lions will have to do something spectacular to rescue their World Cup campaign.
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It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that Cameroon began to threaten.Skip to next paragraph
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Stephane Mbia’s long-range effort crashed against the crossbar, with Eiji Kawashima in the Japanese goal grasping at thin air. Pierre Webo almost snatched a point in stoppage time, but his side-footed volley from six yards out was palmed away by Kawashima.
The Indomitable Lions will have to do something spectacular to rescue their World Cup campaign. They will have to get a result against group favorites the Netherlands (which beat Denmark 2-0 today), a task that on this showing looks well beyond them.
For Japan, celebrating their first World Cup win on foreign soil, there is the realization that a win against a Danish side who disappointed against the Dutch will almost certainly see them reach the second round.
Japan’s coach, Takeshi Okada, has been much-mocked for suggesting that his team could reach the semi-finals. In truth, he would be ecstatic with a second round appearance – a repeat of their performance in 2002 when they co-hosted the World Cup.
After tonight, that dream is not so far away.
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