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mdlt97

Japan went from most likely making it after the first game to most likely not making it after the 2nd game to making it after the 3rd game what a ride


NeverSober1900

Not just making it. Topping the group!


robb0216

"What a harsh group stage draw for Japan, at least they might pick up 3 points vs Costa Rica..."


poriomaniac

- Literally everyone in Japan a month ago


Zloggt

They get knocked down…but then they get up again! And yes, you’ll never get to keep them down…


omar94khan

They're gonna be pissing the night away


PoptimisticShoegazer

They're gonna drink a whiskey drink, then a vodka drink, then a larger drink, and a cider drink! Factos. 😀🍻


pinniped1

They'll sing the songs that remind them of the good times.


Morganelefay

And the songs that remind them of the better times.


SaberDart

Larger. It’s like lager, but bigger


IranianGenius

Japan does better as underdogs confirmed


Nico777

And now they'll be underdogs for basically every other match. Japan World Champions confirmed.


PostMerryDM

A team that beat both Spain and Germany ought to be the favorites moving forward. Wonder what'd happen to their world ranking. Wild.


BigChung0924

assuming they make the quarters, probably top 15-20?


Aikeus

already #24


[deleted]

Don’t think people will have them as underdogs vs Croatia after defeating Spain and Germany.. the real ones I feel bad for is Morocco, I was hoping for everyone to get second in that group except for Spain. But I still think Morocco can win, hope so at least


ednorog

I actually notice most teams do better as underdogs at this WC..


Morganelefay

Except Qatar.


B2A3R9C9A

Land of the rising sun indeed


F1NANCE

Land of the heart attacks for Japanese supporters too


Gytarius626

The Empire Strikes Back


Pops4Pizza

fucking LOL


B_Sluggin

Not even just making, winning the group. Amazing.


AdamantiumBalls

Reminder that Japan also calls it SOCCER


crotch_fondler

They also call american football american football. It's the most equitable solution. No single sport gets to monopolize the name football.


pinniped1

SOCCER MAFIA RISE UP


Arctic_Chilean

GLORIOUS DIVINE WIND OF NIPPON


Americase

And ending top of the group


Sir-Turd-Ferguson

You’ve got a firm grasp of the obvious


_Tonto_

And it all started turning after Rüdiger mocked the Japanese player running.


kdugg99

He wasn't mocking the Japanese player he does that all the time


PoppinKREAM

Who would have thought Japan and Morroco would both finish top of their groups with Germany and Belgium knocked out! I love this game!!


IranianGenius

If anyone told me Japan would *lose* to CR and top the group, I'd have laughed. I can't be the only one.


spoinkk

Japan takes from the rich and gives the poor


TreasureDragon

But Costa Rica means *rich* coast!


SirDarkSlayer

Well, they didn't make it, so Japan still gets W


GoblinGimp69

I didn't expect Japan or Morocco to progress but now they both topped their groups. I'm half Japanese Moroccan so I'm not going to support either one if they do play each other.


Morganelefay

Well can't be until the final now. And I'd fucking sign on for that one.


St_SiRUS

The magic of the cup


Steelkatanas

This is why I love this game, gutted for Costa Rica but happy for Japan! And Germany being out who always destroy us haha.


maxiaoling

Amazing stuff! So proud of the underdogs!


CheekyFifaCunt_7

Best world cup group stages ever


FlufferTheGreat

God I really hoped Costa Rica could hold onto their lead with those two dirty, disgusting, shitty goals and knock Spain out too.


lo22p

Gonna be shit in 2026


Caedus

How annoyed must the Moroccans be? Their reward for topping their group is to face Spain. Edit: Not that annoyed, apparently!


NaturalBluejay1517

I honestly always prefered facing spain, they're doable we do have a chance against them (anulo mufa)


stiveooo

i can see you winning since you have better defenders but this will be a match decided by both coaches


seinera

I hope Japan and Morocco make it to quarter finals.


Nordie27

Of course you have a chance, but surely you must have preferred Japan lol. I also prefer Morocco ahead of Croatia if I'm honest Hopefully this game will act as the Saudi Arabia game did for Argentina and give them the kick up the arse they needed. Much rather it happens now than in the knockout stage


TheVanguardMaster

I look further, preferring Portugal over Brazil. First African team to reach Semi - dream still alive.


Frozen_Denisovan

I desperately hope you guys, Senegal, or Ghana win it all.


RTXEnabledViera

>surely you must have preferred Japan lol Having watched all of Group E's game, definitely 100% not. Morocco tied Spain 2-2 four years ago when they arguably had a better lineup. The Japanese would have come out fighting against us the same way they did against Spain, and I know how easily the Moroccans can fumble a game if they don't know what they're facing. I'd rather this Moroccan squad face an old rival 100% of the time.


CoolJoshido

💀💀


vitalvessalsvindicat

winner gets ceuta lol


thalne

yeah there's extra skin in this game lol


sneakymanlance

Honestly Spain haven't looked good against Germany or Japan. They are pretty toothless. I would unironically rather play them than Japan.


GunnerKnight

I remember when Arsenal finished first in their CL group and then Bayern finished second ☠️☠️


7Thommo7

Tbf they were expecting Germany at best


stonayoung

Whoever posts the standings change of this group with each goal tonight will be swimming in karma


IanCaesars

Better than rollercoaster.


IranianGenius

I'm upvoting everything lol


Bee_lrl

Call me Oprah cause everybody getting upvotes today 😂


JunRoyMcAvoy

This made me laugh. It just made me realize that I've spent the last six hours or something scrolling through and upvoting. This also reminds me that I need to stop, or I'll fuck up my wrist and touchpad, lol. What a day!


MySilverBurrito

Hell, we need a link to the original grouping thread. See how bad the takes ages lol Edit: wait just remembered NZ could’ve been in this weird as group lol.


lolaya

haha there were some terrible takes after the 7-0 costa rica game.


Nordie27

This forum underrated France badly before the tournament, after 2 wins they are suddenly unbeatable. Argentina were hailed as unbeatable before a ball was kicked, but written off after the Saudi Arabia match. People expected Spain to just roll over Germany simply because of the Costa Rica result Big events like the World Cup just bring out the worst takes, people who only watch football every 4 years but still think they are experts


lolaya

Point is the games are unpredictable. It wouldnt surprise me if Argentina lose in the next round or quarters


poriomaniac

We got this


KingUnder_Mountain

["They're fucked"] (https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/ttwgd9/serious_discussion_group_e/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=usertext&utm_name=soccer&utm_content=t3_ttw6th)


portal23

https://i.redd.it/2w3dmmoloc3a1.png Here


sc2isalivegaem

i thought yesterday was crazy. this was even more insane


_SSJeffo_

GERMANY OFFICIALLY FADED IN CONSECUTIVE WORLD CUP GROUPS


Zloggt

Imagine all the German fans who laughed at Italy missing two World Cups in a row…only for this to happen after…


DC_Disrspct_Popeyes

I mean, at least they made it.


Mubar06

Italy got knocked out in the group stages twice in a row before not making twice so...


EasyMoneySniper_goat

thank god for the 48 team expansion, surely we wont miss it this way ^(right?)


JournaIist

I think it'll actually mean more group stage upsets. Yeah there'll be more weaker teams added but a single loss could leave you eliminated with 3 team groups.


enterpriseF-love

WTF THIS AIN'T GOOD FOR MY HEART


CoolJoshido

feel bad for enrique


JvHffsPnt

I don’t think he minds facing Morocco over Croatia in the next round


CoolJoshido

true. plus he got a. easier bracket


pure_black99

Everyone's chill until PuliGOAT arrives in the bracket


svarog51

Don't know what to say as a Croat. I think that euphoric Japanese who beat Spain and Germany in a week time are among roughest opponents we could get. Nonetheless Congratulations Japan!


KeyRope5235

I’d rather play Japan than Spain bro


TheVanguardMaster

Spain overrated as Germany if you watched the Germany and Japan game.


KeyRope5235

I don’t doubt you, hopefully, you will have a smooth experience playing against Spain. If they are so easy, you’ll have a fun time looking forward to meeting Portugal!


9Gaming

Nah mate. Spain & Germany are both very good, Germany should trash Japan 5-0, first half easily could be 3-0, but somehow they lost to 2 counters. Spain is class, this game vs Japan, you can see for last 30 min that they knew that this result is good for them, and they didn't give a F trying to draw or win. Because playing Morocco and then Portugal probably, is much better than playing Croatia & Brazil maybe right after that, and you have Argentina probably... I'd rather play Japan 10 times than Germany or Spain once. I begged that we win vs Belgium so we don't face Spain, but we ended up as second and we're playing Japan, even better.


tomislavlovric

I love Japan and it's gonna suck if we beat them, honestly. Obviously I want my country to win the whole thing, but I really don't want to kick Japan out, man. They're such a likable team with great, cultured fans. They play amazing team football. The entire story around Japan is just so wholesome, I'll honestly support them if they knock us out.


SuperMario_49

Japan logic: Beat Spain and Germany, lose to Costa Rica


miksh_17

Who would have thought Moriyasu was aiming for the most epic shitshow of knocking both Spain and Germany out.


Zloggt

Just spreading a little generosity by giving Costa Rica the win. Hey, t’is the season, is it not?


FlufferTheGreat

Just granting CRC the chance to join them in knocking out a Euro “giant.”


BisonLoose6266

The brief moment of Costa Rica and Japan knocking out Spain and Germany was glorious.


CoolJoshido

fr


TomaszRS

Just like we all predicted. It’s a shame Costa Rica wasn’t able to win the other match. Having Spain and Germany losing the group would have left many in shambles


onthelongrun

it would have been funny if Costa Rica advanced with a -5 GD


poriomaniac

Can't have anyone outdoing us with our 6 points and negative GD


WarrenAlaCarte

What a tournament Single goal difference between winning group or going home


zsaziz

Topped the group with Spain and Germany.. never seen anything like it before


kaiko1

How did Japan even lose to Costa Rica


GamerOne48

They mostly played their B team because their coach thought it was a good idea.


HAPUNAMAKATA

I guess it turned out to be a good idea…


TheVanguardMaster

300 IQ move


stiveooo

today Spain played with 4 subs, France with 11 and Japan with 5 when it played CR


tedbawno

If this is officially the meme World Cup this can only mean that Morocco is going to win it all


F1NANCE

Nah mate Australia have got this


Lefaid

I don´t know. Japan has that main character, anime protagonist energy going for it.


criptkid

CUMDOGGGGG!!!!


itsallmelting

US winning the world cup would break the internet


Morrandir

When I think about the talent this German team has in comparison to the team from 2002 where there were about two players (Ballack, Schneider) who were actually good at football, and they still reached the finals... it's so fucking unbelievable...


veriyyan

Klose and Kahn


stiveooo

no Klose no party


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Frideric

Why would they try at the end?


Billofrights_boris

Because Costa Rica was even leading at a certain point which would have made them see the fucking plane home. I know we’re living modern times but you have to realise that the players on the pitch aren’t as up to date with the score of the other match as the viewers are. Maybe some coaches do know the score, and they surely the players at half time or something but I’m fairly certain that the players play with the mindset that if there is a mathematical possibility of them being out, then they should play to avoid that if their fate is in their own hands.


Takeshi-Kovach

Why should they lmao. They'd rather face Morocco and avoid Brazil in the quarter final.


Nordie27

I can understand preferring Morocco over Croatia, but how is Brazil much easier than Portugal? If anything, losing to Portugal would be unbearable and would not hear the end of it. Losing to Brazil wouldn't be as bad


stiveooo

no, Portugal is weak they are in the easiest group their real test was ghana and they won by a bad PK


ceeceep

What a dumbfuck group. I love this game.


randomindiandude43

Japan had that anime mc plot armor this group stage.


BallMeBlazer22

Advice for Croatia: Don't go into halftime up 1-0 on Japan.


shuky2017

We play our best game when we start the game with 0-1


secretlyjudging

I want to see Japanese NT start grinning ear to ear when they get first scored on.


[deleted]

Advice for Japan: Don't go into HT up 1-0 on Croatia.


TheBrownMamba8

[The Group E table in the second half](https://media.tenor.com/xOU6wSDoLOsAAAAC/parkour-the-office.gif)


xAnm74

Congrats Japan! Looking forward to the game!


EkmetTeloess

Incredible achievement from Japan. Topping a group containing both Spain and Germany. These ITV pundits need to shut their mouths; complaining non stop about the winning goal, all while Japan and their fans are celebrating perhaps the greatest moment in their footballing history. You'd have thought England were knocked out!


MH18Foot

sorry for my bad english but where was you when germany was kil again?


pancada_

I was watching oscar goal vc germany in 2014 Daniel alves call me "Germany is kill" "Lá vão eles de novo"


WhoDey42

Ah yes Japan topping the group, just as we all predicted


Squall1990

I cannot believe that Japan beat Germany and Spain within the same week and a half, I mean Spain and Germany won 2/3 of the last world cups


almondania

And they get rewarded with Croatia… life is cruel


Tamazarashi

And Morocco are rewarded with Spain


RosemaryGoon

Have we learned nothing from this group stage? I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Morocco and Japan advance to quarters at this point


chawarmax

We're actually quite happy to get Spain instead of Japan, they succeeded to beat Germany and Spain, who wants to face these guys ? haha


almondania

Unreal lmao Japan should ask if they can pick


SprayFart123

Morocco's been the better looking squad this tournament.


almondania

I feel you but knockout round is a different beast. Croatia has very good experience with it that counts just as much as any stat.


ohvalox

Unbelievable. Most insane day since 7-1


Khetrak64

The internet is not ready for a Brasil Vs Japan.


Nervous-Resolution-8

so that's inazuma eleven in real life


Daramangarasu

Fire Tornado'd the fuck out of Spain


mattijn13

Captain Tsubasa is proud


D3ku03

blue lock working wonders


ChajkiTSM

And you all forget the greatest football manga/anime: Ao Ashi. The younglings are doing great


eggboieggmen

Redditors not making a comment about anime/manga in Japan games challenge (Impossible)


NagashiEdogawa

It's one part of Japanese culture man, it's fine. Although definitely not the only one. Then again it's the most popular in many parts of the internet. What can you do.


Shuriken95

Definitely beats that comments that are like "I'm gonna watch some hentai in celebration".


kem333

wow the japanese players' names sound so much like anime characters xDxDXd


Kelvinator3000

You not replying on every anime/manga comment challenge (impossible)


keeptradsalive

Reward for wining your group? Croatia.


firefalcon01

Croatia isn’t even better then Morocco I don’t see a problem here


mauro_xeneixexe

Germany was so intent on helping Spain and Spain was so intent in destroying Germany...


ne0ntetra

When they finish cleaning up the stadium, those Japan fans are going wild tonight!


purpletulip12

Beating Germany and Spain, congrats! A world cup of surprises!


Black_n_Neon

Never would have guessed Japan topping this group and they beat Spain and Germany doing so.


Ronaldspeirs

One small step for man. One giant leap for Japan.


Ordinary-Ad5776

They said there wasn’t group of death in this World Cup, little did they know Group of death is Group E Spain Germany and Costa Rica fighting for second place


Shinkopeshon

#SUBARASHII


thinkit_dreamit_doit

Moriyasu isn’t a bad coach he just loves the drama


TheMysticHD

Man Germany are such party poopers


wagwamwagfam

Super deserved imo


Nome_de_utilizador

Beat Germany Lose to Costa Rica Beat Spain Refuse to elaborate Proceed to the next round as group leaders


xepa105

Morocco and Japan topping their groups, just like we all predicted.


InoyouS2

Beat Germany and Spain, lose to Costa Rica. Gigachads.


Fiasco_splash

Japan haven’t topped a World Cup group since they co-hosted back in 2002!


CrackHeadRodeo

Been watching this little game for 40 years and that was one of the best matches in my life. This World Cup has been so exciting.


Ranjith_Unchained

While everyone's commenting Blue Lock, imma say check out Ao Ashi which is definitely better imo


NagashiEdogawa

As a football fan Ao Ashi is the better experience. Blue Lock is hype but football isn't only about the striker.


Daramangarasu

Ao Ashi is a football anime, Blue Lock is a Deathmatch anime with a football premise. Love both tho


Octavius_13

Project Blue Lock activated


Stonewalled89

Japan against Costa Rica: nah we're good, you have the points... Japan a goal down at half time against Germany and Spain: we're going to fuck you up


andylui8

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ JAPAN TAKE MY ENERGY ༼ つ ◕_◕ つ Kimochi!!! Kimochi!!! Kimochi!!! 気持ちいい!!! 気持ちいい!!! 気持ちいい!!! ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ JAPAN TAKE MY ENERGY ༼ つ ◕_◕ つ


starmiesan

Japan winning the group is even crazier than Morocco winning theirs imo


Wappachong

Brazil: all accord to keikaku


Ishotjr89

Just like in anime, they're all crying at the end.


cruddyhoneybadger

Can’t wait for the anime


antrage

Just as everyone predicted in groups with Spain, Germany and Belgium Morocco and Japan have come out. ontop lol


Sh1ba_Tatsuya

Just crazy how if Japan tied Spain then they would not have advanced AT ALL...


Dorangos

*Ganbare Goemon from Mystical Ninja starts playing*


BrowakisFaragun

Moriyasu: All according to keikaku!


BearyJohannes

A bullet train to the trophy, let’s fucking go boys


[deleted]

Denmark, Belgium, Germany out of this world cup.....


SummerGoal

If you said before the World Cup started that Japan qualifies top of group E despite losing to Costa Rica not a single reasonable person would’ve believed you


strugglingtosave

Japan being connected to their anime in this world cup. Are the Koreans being connected to their kdrama and Kpop in their threads? Or.is it bec a lot of probably male soccer fans are also anime fans, but not k-culture fans?


Andrex316

They say anime is not real, Japan losing to the weakest opponent and then knocking out the main villain in the next fight 😎


[deleted]

We suck


Bagel_Geese

Nah we don't. We just had bad luck that spain scored 7 goals against Costa Rica


Young_Hxppxe

Lol, Blue Lock shit


egboy

Japan really advancing with two wins over Spain and Germany and a loss to Costa Rica. Ridiculous


Cahhmon

Beat Germany, lose to Costa Rica, beat Spain


No_Zookeepergame6482

So deserved. Insane passion


Airader

Embrace the chaos


Uesugi_Kenshin

This All or Nothing Documentary on Germany is gonna be all Nothing lol


YnwaMquc2k19

Congrats to Japan.