Yesterday’s Japan vs. Paraguay elimination game was one of the most arduous, intense—even cinematic of the World Cup so far.
It wasn’t a pretty game, but it was tight. Regulation play (90 minutes) ended in a draw. Overtime (30 minutes) ended in a draw. And then came the shootout (see video below… worst moment in the world at 4:05):
Both teams played head-to-head as long as possible, and in the end, it came down to ten kick attempts. In the Cup’s only shootout so far, Paraguay didn’t miss a penalty kick, and Japan did. The shootout ended at 5-3… with many tears.
I just want to scoop Yuichi Komano, who seemed inconsolable after his miss, up in my arms and say, “Hey buddy. It coulda happened to anyone!”
Okay, that’s not what I want to say. What I want to say is, “Hey buddy, your country is going to brutalize you, but please don’t kill yourself out of shame. Come to the States and keep me warm!”
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