JAPAN 0 – 0 GREECE
This now makes the third goalless draw in this years World Cup after the Iran v Nigeria game and the Brazil v Mexico game.
I can say it had better moments than Iran’s game although Brazil’s game actually had quite a few exciting moments in it, that wasn’t so boring.
I like the Japanese, I really do. Over their years competing in World Cups they’ve shown some great players who excel on a club level and we get to seem them internationally every 4 years. This time their star is Keisuke Honda, who plays for AC Milan. He showed some promising efforts but there was no goals from either side.
Greece play a very defensive game, always. They can seem quite content with draws and you might not see them do any attacking of their own, just “counter-attacking”. They’re usually happy to wait for their chance to be given to them and hit their opponents on the break after they had shot and blew it. Sometimes this works out as the only goal of the game can sometimes be just what you need for a victory However sometime it just ends up in boring football and a draw.
Greece captain Konstantinos Katsouranis was sent off for two bookable offences before the half time whistle had blown. Greece then spent the second half trying to not concede anything, which they did successfully with just ten men.
Fulham striker Konstantinos Mitroglu had left the pitch with an injury, and shortly after Katsouranis was sent off for a lunge at Makoto Hasebe.
This result puts Japan and Greece both in 3rd and 4th position in Group C, with just one point gained so far. Qualification looks more and more unlikely as the other teams have 3 points (Ivory coast) and 6 points (Colombia) already. The japanese have yet to face Colombia on the 24th June but cannot afford to lose as all three points will be needed for their chance to overtake Ivory Coast in second place and qualify for the knockout stages.
KEY PLAYERS: Honda was on form and unfortunate not to score for Japan.
Mitroglu tried hard but eventually had to leave the pitch due to injury.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.