By - ImamZain
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
Not just making it. Topping the group!
"What a harsh group stage draw for Japan, at least they might pick up 3 points vs Costa Rica..."
- Literally everyone in Japan a month ago
They get knocked down…but then they get up again!
And yes, you’ll never get to keep them down…
They're gonna be pissing the night away
They're gonna drink a whiskey drink, then a vodka drink, then a larger drink, and a cider drink! Factos. 😀🍻
They'll sing the songs that remind them of the good times.
And the songs that remind them of the better times.
Larger. It’s like lager, but bigger
Japan does better as underdogs confirmed
And now they'll be underdogs for basically every other match. Japan World Champions confirmed.
A team that beat both Spain and Germany ought to be the favorites moving forward.
Wonder what'd happen to their world ranking.
assuming they make the quarters, probably top 15-20?
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
I actually notice most teams do better as underdogs at this WC..
Land of the rising sun indeed
Land of the heart attacks for Japanese supporters too
The Empire Strikes Back
Not even just making, winning the group. Amazing.
Reminder that Japan also calls it SOCCER
They also call american football american football. It's the most equitable solution. No single sport gets to monopolize the name football.
SOCCER MAFIA RISE UP
GLORIOUS DIVINE WIND OF NIPPON
And ending top of the group
You’ve got a firm grasp of the obvious
And it all started turning after Rüdiger mocked the Japanese player running.
He wasn't mocking the Japanese player he does that all the time
Who would have thought Japan and Morroco would both finish top of their groups with Germany and Belgium knocked out!
I love this game!!
If anyone told me Japan would *lose* to CR and top the group, I'd have laughed. I can't be the only one.
Japan takes from the rich and gives the poor
But Costa Rica means *rich* coast!
Well, they didn't make it, so Japan still gets W
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.
Well can't be until the final now.
And I'd fucking sign on for that one.
The magic of the cup
This is why I love this game, gutted for Costa Rica but happy for Japan! And Germany being out who always destroy us haha.
Amazing stuff! So proud of the underdogs!
Best world cup group stages ever
God I really hoped Costa Rica could hold onto their lead with those two dirty, disgusting, shitty goals and knock Spain out too.
Gonna be shit in 2026
How annoyed must the Moroccans be? Their reward for topping their group is to face Spain.
Edit: Not that annoyed, apparently!
I honestly always prefered facing spain, they're doable we do have a chance against them (anulo mufa)
i can see you winning since you have better defenders
but this will be a match decided by both coaches
I hope Japan and Morocco make it to quarter finals.
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
I look further, preferring Portugal over Brazil.
First African team to reach Semi - dream still alive.
I desperately hope you guys, Senegal, or Ghana win it all.
>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.
winner gets ceuta lol
yeah there's extra skin in this game lol
Honestly Spain haven't looked good against Germany or Japan. They are pretty toothless. I would unironically rather play them than Japan.
I remember when Arsenal finished first in their CL group and then Bayern finished second ☠️☠️
Tbf they were expecting Germany at best
Whoever posts the standings change of this group with each goal tonight will be swimming in karma
Better than rollercoaster.
I'm upvoting everything lol
Call me Oprah cause everybody getting upvotes today 😂
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!
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.
haha there were some terrible takes after the 7-0 costa rica game.
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
Point is the games are unpredictable. It wouldnt surprise me if Argentina lose in the next round or quarters
We got this
["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)
i thought yesterday was crazy. this was even more insane
GERMANY OFFICIALLY FADED IN CONSECUTIVE WORLD CUP GROUPS
Imagine all the German fans who laughed at Italy missing two World Cups in a row…only for this to happen after…
I mean, at least they made it.
Italy got knocked out in the group stages twice in a row before not making twice so...
thank god for the 48 team expansion, surely we wont miss it this way
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.
WTF THIS AIN'T GOOD FOR MY HEART
feel bad for enrique
I don’t think he minds facing Morocco over Croatia in the next round
true. plus he got a. easier bracket
Everyone's chill until PuliGOAT arrives in the bracket
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!
I’d rather play Japan than Spain bro
Spain overrated as Germany if you watched the Germany and Japan game.
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!
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.
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.
Japan logic: Beat Spain and Germany, lose to Costa Rica
Who would have thought Moriyasu was aiming for the most epic shitshow of knocking both Spain and Germany out.
Just spreading a little generosity by giving Costa Rica the win.
Hey, t’is the season, is it not?
Just granting CRC the chance to join them in knocking out a Euro “giant.”
The brief moment of Costa Rica and Japan knocking out Spain and Germany was glorious.
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
it would have been funny if Costa Rica advanced with a -5 GD
Can't have anyone outdoing us with our 6 points and negative GD
What a tournament
Single goal difference between winning group or going home
Topped the group with Spain and Germany.. never seen anything like it before
How did Japan even lose to Costa Rica
They mostly played their B team because their coach thought it was a good idea.
I guess it turned out to be a good idea…
300 IQ move
today Spain played with 4 subs, France with 11 and Japan with 5 when it played CR
If this is officially the meme World Cup this can only mean that Morocco is going to win it all
Nah mate Australia have got this
I don´t know. Japan has that main character, anime protagonist energy going for it.
US winning the world cup would break the internet
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...
Klose and Kahn
no Klose no party
Why would they try at the end?
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.
Why should they lmao. They'd rather face Morocco and avoid Brazil in the quarter final.
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
no, Portugal is weak they are in the easiest group
their real test was ghana and they won by a bad PK
What a dumbfuck group. I love this game.
Japan had that anime mc plot armor this group stage.
Advice for Croatia: Don't go into halftime up 1-0 on Japan.
We play our best game when we start the game with 0-1
I want to see Japanese NT start grinning ear to ear when they get first scored on.
Advice for Japan: Don't go into HT up 1-0 on Croatia.
[The Group E table in the second half](https://media.tenor.com/xOU6wSDoLOsAAAAC/parkour-the-office.gif)
Congrats Japan! Looking forward to the game!
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!
sorry for my bad english but where was you when germany was kil again?
I was watching oscar goal vc germany in 2014
Daniel alves call me
"Germany is kill"
"Lá vão eles de novo"
Ah yes Japan topping the group, just as we all predicted
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
And they get rewarded with Croatia… life is cruel
And Morocco are rewarded with Spain
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
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
Unreal lmao Japan should ask if they can pick
Morocco's been the better looking squad this tournament.
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.
Unbelievable. Most insane day since 7-1
The internet is not ready for a Brasil Vs Japan.
so that's inazuma eleven in real life
Fire Tornado'd the fuck out of Spain
Captain Tsubasa is proud
blue lock working wonders
And you all forget the greatest football manga/anime: Ao Ashi. The younglings are doing great
Redditors not making a comment about anime/manga in Japan games challenge (Impossible)
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.
Definitely beats that comments that are like "I'm gonna watch some hentai in celebration".
wow the japanese players' names sound so much like anime characters xDxDXd
You not replying on every anime/manga comment challenge (impossible)
Reward for wining your group?
Croatia isn’t even better then Morocco I don’t see a problem here
Germany was so intent on helping Spain and Spain was so intent in destroying Germany...
When they finish cleaning up the stadium, those Japan fans are going wild tonight!
Beating Germany and Spain, congrats! A world cup of surprises!
Never would have guessed Japan topping this group and they beat Spain and Germany doing so.
One small step for man. One giant leap for Japan.
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
Moriyasu isn’t a bad coach he just loves the drama
Man Germany are such party poopers
Super deserved imo
Lose to Costa Rica
Refuse to elaborate
Proceed to the next round as group leaders
Morocco and Japan topping their groups, just like we all predicted.
Beat Germany and Spain, lose to Costa Rica.
Japan haven’t topped a World Cup group since they co-hosted back in 2002!
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.
While everyone's commenting Blue Lock, imma say check out Ao Ashi which is definitely better imo
As a football fan Ao Ashi is the better experience. Blue Lock is hype but football isn't only about the striker.
Ao Ashi is a football anime, Blue Lock is a Deathmatch anime with a football premise.
Love both tho
Project Blue Lock activated
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
༼ 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
Japan winning the group is even crazier than Morocco winning theirs imo
Brazil: all accord to keikaku
Just like in anime, they're all crying at the end.
Can’t wait for the anime
Just as everyone predicted in groups with Spain, Germany and Belgium Morocco and Japan have come out. ontop lol
Just crazy how if Japan tied Spain then they would not have advanced AT ALL...
*Ganbare Goemon from Mystical Ninja starts playing*
Moriyasu: All according to keikaku!
A bullet train to the trophy, let’s fucking go boys
Denmark, Belgium, Germany out of this world cup.....
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
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?
They say anime is not real, Japan losing to the weakest opponent and then knocking out the main villain in the next fight 😎
Nah we don't. We just had bad luck that spain scored 7 goals against Costa Rica
Lol, Blue Lock shit
Japan really advancing with two wins over Spain and Germany and a loss to Costa Rica. Ridiculous
Beat Germany, lose to Costa Rica, beat Spain
So deserved. Insane passion
Embrace the chaos
This All or Nothing Documentary on Germany is gonna be all Nothing lol
Congrats to Japan.