Japan managed to turn around a poor run of form leading into the World Cup finals to be one of the best-performed teams in the competition.
The Blue Samurai were one poor penalty kick off making it to the quarter finals after earlier being tipped to finish bottom of Group E.
Led by Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo, Japan were dangerous in attack whilst Marcus Tulio Tanaka led a stoic defence which gave nothing away.
The Asian nation can take heart after this performance which showed that the Japanese team can fight back when forced into a corner and this performance will surely have them as early faviourites for the Asian Cup in Qatar in January 2011.
Record: Wins – 2; Draws – 0; Losses – 2; Points – 6
Matches: Cameroon (1-0), Holland (0-1), Denmark (3-1), RO16-Paraguay (0p-0)
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Keisuke Honda (Led the frontline with aplomb and became a household name along the way)
Keisuke Honda 19
Daisuke Matsui 9
Yoshito Okubo 8
Yuto Nagatomo 7
Eiji Kawashima 17