Doha: Hajime Moriyasu believes Japan’s progress to the knockout rounds of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 can give football in Asia a major boost after the Samurai Blue handed former champions Spain and Germany group stage defeats to progress to the last 16.
A 2-1 victory over Spain at the Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday took Japan to the top of Group E ahead of Luis Enrique’s side and saw Germany, the four-time FIFA World Cup winners, eliminated despite their 4-2 success over Costa Rica.
The Japanese had also beaten the Germans in the opening round and Moriyasu’s side will now face 2018 FIFA World Cup runners-up Croatia on Monday for a first-ever place in the quarter-finals.
Doha: It's been a group stage of incredible highs and lows for Asia's six sides at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with historic victories and agonising defeats ensuring a rollercoaster journey for all involved.
Australia and Japan have advanced to the last 16, while Qatar, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia have exited, with Korea Republic set to play their final group game against Portugal on Friday.
Ahead of that crunch match-up, the-AFC.com has a look at the social media channels of the teams and players of those involved.