Japan national team is the only team to win the World Cup
Japan is the only Asian country that has recorded an “official victory” against Germany and Spain in the World Cup.
Japan came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the third Group E match of the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 4 a.m. on the 2nd. As a result, Japan recorded two wins and one loss (6 points) and succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 as the first place in the group.
It surprised the world twice in a row. Japan, which scored a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Germany in the first round, also scored a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in the third round against Spain. At the time of the group formation, few expected Japan to advance to the tournament, but Japan broke this expectation and proudly advanced to the round of 16 as the top of the group. As a result, Germany finished third in the group and suffered the humiliation of being eliminated from the group stage for the second consecutive tournament.
The performance itself was hopelessly behind. Like the last match against Germany, he focused on counterattacks, giving up his share, but had no more time to catch the ball than the match against Germany. Japan’s share was only 17.7% for 90 minutes based on the soccer statistics media “Huscoord.”
However, as in the match against Germany, it succeeded in a dramatic reversal. Japan allowed Alvaro Morata to take the lead in the 11th minute of the first half. Since then, he has continued to focus on preventing Spain’s wave of attacks. However, he made a change through a second-half change, which was completely right. Doan Ritz, who played as a substitute in the third minute of the second half, scored an equalizer, and three minutes later, he reversed the score with a joint goal by Mitoma Kaoru and Tanaka Ao, who played as substitute. Japan national team
With this victory, Japan set a new record. It became the first Asian country to win both Germany and Spain in the World Cup. Germany and Spain, which boasted extreme winning rates against Asia in the World Cup, were properly hit by Japan’s counterattack soccer in the tournament.
You can think of Korea before Japan. This is because South Korea beat Spain 5-3 after a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and scored a 2-0 victory over Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Of course, the match against Germany is an official victory. But the match against Spain is not officially a ‘victory’. This is because the result of the penalty shoot-out is treated as a ‘no-win situation’. In the end, Spain’s record against Korea is not one win, one draw, and one loss, but one win and two draws.