Japan vs. Cameroon FIFA World Cup 2010: The Japanese Miracle

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IJune 14, 2010

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Goalscorer Keisuke Honda of Japan celebrates victory after the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group E match between Japan and Cameroon at the Free State Stadium on June 14, 2010 in Mangaung/Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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The Land of the Rising Star is famous for its surprises that have delighted the world with such things as electronics including Toshiba, Sony, and National Panasonic. It has also been one of the centers of creativity in all spheres of life.

Japan made history on June 14, 2010 when it faced the Indominable Lions of Cameroon in the Bloemfontein's Stadium in South Africa. The game was expected to be in favor of Cameroon taking into account its many victories in previous World Cups and other events such as the Africa Cup of Nations.

Japan was not expected to win since it had not won any games in the World Cup outside of its borders. The world was in for a shock, especially the Cuban Restaurant in Jackson Towers in Miami Florida.

The people were stunned when Dalsuke Matsui did a cross loop which went to Keisuke Honda and surprising Stephane Mbia. Mr. Honda proceeded to kick the ball within the back post of the goal post to score for his country.

The restaurant patrons opened their mouths and stared in disbelief. There was a Camerroonian National who was watching the game and had to concede that Japan was playing a great game.

After a game of historic proportions, it remains to be seen whether Japan can go further within the FIFA World Cup, but the rest is yet to come.


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