Wednesday, 28 August 2013
JAPAN VS AUSTRALIA 4TH JUNE 2013 AT SAITAMA STADIUM
This was a World Cup qualifying game, with Japan on the brink of being the first country to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil.
At a packed Saitama Stadium, the atmosphere was sizzling with anticipation when Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda and co. took the field. After a goalless first half, Japan were dealt a shock when Australia took the lead with a rather fortunate cross-cum-shot that beat goalkeeper Kawashima at the far post.
With the clock ticking down, though, Japan were awarded a penalty which Honda converted coolly, sparking huge celebrations in the stadium and across the country.