A few things are more pleasing to the manager than a well-executed offside trap, and Japan did just that.
The Asian team have stepped up as a revelation in the World Cup this year. Japan upset Colombia 2-1 in their first game, and came back twice to draw 2-2 against Senegal in yesterday’s match. While Japan have impressed the fans with their performances in the World Cup this year, the team also pulled out something magnificent during the yesterday’s game.
In the first half of their Group H game against Senegal, Japan conceded a set-piece outside the box. While Senegal took the set-piece, all the Japanese players on the defence took a start at the perfect moment, and left six of Senegalese attackers on the offside position.
One doesn’t see such a perfect synchronisation very often in football, and this was right out of a training session from Japan.
See the set-piece here –
— Ðιpanĸ 🇵🇹★🇩🇪 (@Dipanck) June 24, 2018
Naturally, the people on Twitter were highly impressed by Japan’s game-play in defending the set-piece so cleverly.
— diemanschaft (@Reindopree) June 24, 2018
— Brent Frankish (@brentfrankish18) June 24, 2018
— Sam Lopresti (@SamLCalcio) June 24, 2018
Japan all I can say is WOW. your offside trap was the most brilliant and very Japanese indeed! 🇯🇵
— ahzasyazani (@ahzaloo) June 25, 2018
Meanwhile, the current situation in Group H is interesting, as Senegal and Japan occupy the first and second position with four points each. With yesterday’s win, Colombia are 3rd with three points, while Poland are out of the World Cup.
Japan will now play Poland, while Senegal meet Colombia, as all the three teams play to secure a place in the round-of-16.