Cheers and tears broke out in Japan after the national team beat Spain 2-1 in the early hours of Friday morning, as fans packed public viewing areas in the freezing cold before dawn screaming for joy as they stunned another world football powerhouse at the match. Globalism Glass.
Japan, who also shocked Germany in the opening match in Qatar, finished top of Group E to reach the last 16, a stage they have faltered three times before.
He will meet Croatia, the runner-up in 2018, for a place in the quarter-finals.
“Doha is cheering again!” A newspaper headlined its online edition, evoking memories of what the media called the “Doha miracle” after Japan’s victory over the Germans.
Fans chanting “Nippon” poured onto Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing before sunrise, jumping up and down while chanting “kill, kill, kill!” While the police were struggling to control the crowd.
“I never thought Japan would advance to first place in the group. Thank you Japan! I love you guys!” said 19-year-old Yosei Sato, wearing a Japan samurai blue jersey.
Takuya Kudo, 23, was in tears as soon as he saw Japan win.
He said, “I’m so happy. Honestly, I never thought Japan would do this well. I’m really happy.”
Fans stuck in Shibuya were squeezing dreary commuters making their way to work from one of Tokyo’s busiest stations.
Social media exploded with joy, cheering with the song “Samurai Blue!” and “Came from behind to win!” , where some fans posted manga-style graphics of a cheering player in a team uniform.
Another posted a cartoon of three dragons draped in national flags. The Japanese Dragon was roaring while the Spanish Dragon was looking at Germany, who seemed confused.
A tribute to Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka was a manga-style depiction of the Japanese national team, while even Elon Musk She tweeted, “Congratulations, Japan!”
The feeling of victory rose even to the usual political levels for Japan, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida telling reporters that the victory was “historic” and phoning Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu and JFA president Kozo Tashima to extend their congratulations.
“I told them they gave the Japanese people courage and energy,” Kishida said on Twitter. “We’re looking forward to another 16. Fight, Japan!”
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