The Asian problem at the 2002 Qatar World Cup is over.
The continent had 5 representatives in Qatar, together with Australia who for footballing causes rely as a part of Asia, however with the elimination of each Japan and South Korea in the spherical of 16 on Monday, their curiosity in the match is now over.
South Korea’s achievement of reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup on dwelling soil in 2002 stays the finest that any Asian facet has achieved in the historical past of the match.
Still there have been some memorable moments so far as Asia is worried.
Qatar is the third Asian nation to stage a World Cup, after South Korea and Japan shared internet hosting rights in 2002.
The upsides and disadvantages about selecting the Middle East kingdom have been – and can proceed to be -endlessly debated, however, in sporting phrases, Qatar are gained of the weakest groups to have performed in a World Cup remaining. They lost all three group games, becoming the first host nation to do so, and have been the first nation to be knocked out of the competitors.
Saudi Arabia caused one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament, once they got here from behind to stun Argentina of their opening recreation. However, they may not repeat that feat of their subsequent two video games, and again to again defeats to Poland and Mexico noticed them knocked -out at the group stage.
Geographically Australia type a part of the Oceanic Football Confederation (OFC). However, they selected to leave the OFC after the 2006 World Cup and join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) instead as a result of they needed to play extra aggressive matches, and since they needed a direct path to the World Cup.
(Teams from Oceania should play in an intercontinental play-off)
Ironically, Australia solely certified for this World Cup after being Peru in a play-off, however they’ll contemplate that they did themselves justice on this marketing campaign, regardless of being well-beaten by France of their opening recreation. Despite being on the back-foot in opposition to Tunisia they beat then by a single objective, after which pulled off one other shock to beat the Danes and high quality for the final 16.
There they met a Lionel Messi impressed Argentina, however, regardless of being second finest for a lot of the recreation, a late objective gave them a possibility, and so they had probabilities that might have taken the match to further time (and doubtlessly penalties).
Japan precipitated not one however two massive World Cup upsets by beating each Germany and Spain, regardless of having lower than 20% possession in each video games. Although a disappointing loss to Costa Rica was sandwiched in the center they nonetheless certified for the spherical of 16 behind Spain.
In their knock-out recreation in opposition to Croatia, they took a first-half lead, just for the Croatians to equalise, and it turned the first match at this 12 months’s World Cup to go to further time.
With no additional scoring, it will definitely resulted in a penalty shoot-out, however, sadly for the Japanese, they fluffed their lines badly and missed three out of the four spot kicks which they took.
An absence of expertise in the end prices them. Croatia had gained seven out of eight earlier World Cup video games that had gone to further time, whereas Japan had misplaced the solely different one they’d contested.
Chronologically South Korea have been the final Asian workforce lefty standing in the World Cup, as a result of they performed their final 16 recreation after Japan.
They have been considerably lucky to have gotten to that stage, having begun their marketing campaign with a goalless draw with Uruguay, earlier than happening to Ghana. It meant that they wanted to beat Spain of their final match, and hope that they may higher what Uruguay did in opposition to the West Africans,
In the occasion, they got here from behind to win with an harm time objective and progressed at the expense of Uruguay, due to the variety of objectives scored.
However, they have been then utterly outclassed by Brazil, discovered themselves 4 objectives down and it might have been extra. To their credit score they did pull a objective again in the second-half, however Brazil; had taken their foot off the fuel by then, and had resorted to showboating.
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