Sunday, June 7, 2009

Japan qualifies for the 2010 World Cup


With a 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan last night, Japan clinched a spot in next year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They were the first team to qualify through competition, although they were quickly followed by Australia and South Korea from Asia, as well as the Netherlands from Europe.

I saw some of the game while here in Singapore, flipping between that and England's victory over Kazakhstan, and was still not impressed with the Japanese. Their finishing is still suspect, and surprisingly, Makoto Hasebe, a striker for Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg, was sent off for a flagrant elbow late in the game. They still have two more games in the qualification process, I hope they spend some time on learning how to score a few more goals.

Best,

Sean

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