|Japan's Samurai Blue blew it|
We had been lucky so far with the games we saw. Mexico 1, Cameroon 0, featured far more action and excitement than you would expect from a one-goal game. Ivory Coast 2, Japan 1, in Recife was fantastic if for no other reason than to see the bolt of electricity shoot through Ivory Coast when they scored two quick goals immediately upon substituting their talisman-star Didier Drogba. And USA 2, Ghana 1, was an absolute classic, made even better by knowing the eyes of America were finally on USA international soccer.
This game would have none of that.
|Japan and Greece come out onto the pitch|
|Getting ready for the opening kick|
Japan, known as the Samurai Blue, were in fact wearing blue. The Greeks were in Corinthian Column White. Which is fitting because Greece plays like Corinthian Columns. They are these giants, towering over the Japanese, who play an almost immobile, impenetrable defense in front of their own goal and rarely (if ever) play offense. Not only is not exciting soccer. Greece is then precise reason that people who hate soccer hate soccer.
|Well look at that! A shot on goal!|
|The crowd. Going wild.|
|Greece on offense|
|The crowd. Still wild.|
|Japan tries to play Greek-style defense|
|Still wild. After all these minutes.|
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