Japan even in their early exit from the FIFA World Cup 2018 has left many an impressions the world should emulate to make planet earth a better place, the professionals may follow in pursuit of their goals.
Japan in spite of any early lead over mighty Belgians could not succeed for a third time to reach the quarter-finals stage in the FIFA World Cup finals. The Samurai Blue might leave Russia with broken hearts, but during the course of their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign they have won many a hearts.
THE LAST GESTURE
They were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia on Monday, July 2. They were heart-broken to see two-goal advantage slipping away in the crucial game. They still showed the brave heart to leave that one last heart-winning impression.
The players, before departing, cleaned their dressing-room to leave the Rostov changing area in an immaculate condition. It was not just the Japanese team, their fans in the stands too stayed back to clean the Rostov Arena as they tried to overcome the emotions following their team’s exit from the big stage.
The Japanese team also left behind a small note in the middle of their changing room – it read “Thank You” in Russian.
SELF BELIEF IS STRONGEST STRENGTH
The Japanese were up against the all-conquering strong Belgium line-up in their last encounter. Belgium in winning their all three Group G games had conceded a mere two goals and struck nine. The defence was rock solid and attack extremely penetrating.
Japan had a self-belief and discipline. Not overawed by their big opponent, they believed in their karma and maintained their composure. By the 40th minute they were leading 2-0 against a strong opponent. Belgium won eventually, but Japan even in defeat have established a point – no one is invincible, self-belief and discipline are big strengths in adversaries.
PLAY IT FAIR
Japan’s progress to the round of 16 was a reward for their fair play. They ended up tied with Senegal on four points form three games. The two teams had identical stats in their group stage games – a win, a draw, a loss, and four goals for and against apiece. Japan’s fair play became the clincher. The Blue Samurai became the first team in the FIFA World Cup history to advance past the Group Stage by breaking the tie for having received lesser “cards”.
A lesson again from Japan – playing fair costs nothing but has its own rewards.