I got very sad when South Korea lost against Uruguay last Saturday but put all my hope to Japan this Tuesday. This time they met Paraguay and got a chance to advance to quarter-final, which would be the first time in Japan’s history.
I believe both teams played well and were almost equally skillful. Most people considered this game as boring since no goals were made, but that’s because both countries had solid defense.
After first and second half there were still no goals and hence extra time was added. I was so proud of Japan and believe they actually was a bit better than Paraguay. They deserved to win this! This game could end in either way.
Still no goals during extra time and the game had to be resolved on penalty shoots.
That’s where the nightmare began.
Initially, both teams scored their penalty shots, but when it was Yuichi Komano’s turn, he hit the crossbar… and that miss became the end for Japan in World Cup 2010.
I was devastated and had a hard time to believe it was true. They have done such a great work during World Cup and they did not deserve to loose due to a stupid penalty shot!
The Japanese team was devastated and people cried. This must have been a nightmare for Yuichi Komano… think about it… his mistake determined the final outcome, their loss.
I hate penalty shots. Instead of focusing on a hero, all eyes fall upon a scapegoat. Yuichi seemed to be desolated and it breaks my hearth thinking about it. I think I will write him a letter and tell him that I love him anyway. :-)
Japan, I will miss you so much. Japans football team are heroes and I can’t wait to see them again 2014.