Having lost out early in the previous edition of FIFA World Cup in Brazil, four years ago, Land of the rising sun, Japan, it seems is making amends to up the ante in their game this year.
Japan now has four points at this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament and looks set for an extended stay in Russia.
They were one of the first team to book their place for Russia World Cup 2018 in the qualifying rounds.
And after the kick-off to Russia World Cup, the Japanese team is slowly and silently keeping their hopes alive along with the hope of Asian football lovers.
If the Samurai Blue can produce another positive performance like Sunday, where coming from behind they ended up equalling the match against Senegal by 2-2, a place in the knock out round of this FIFA world cup will be theirs for the taking.
Commenting on their outing on Sunday, former Japan mid-fielder Keita Suzuki wrote that Japan started the game with the same line-up as against Columbia and they were looking to continue with that same momentum and motivation.
Keisuke Honda is now national hero in Japan, for scoring a goal and also leading his team from mid-field.
Some other countries, which are representing Asia, are not in the race of round of 16. Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arab and South Korea, all are lagging behind.
Japan it seems is the only hope for Asian football lovers in this year’s edition of the FIFA World Cup. But for that they will have to wait until Thursday, when Japan faces Poland at Volgograd with the hope of securing a place in the Round of 16.