Japan players Hiroki Sakai and Takefusa Kubo have credited Saudi Arabia for
inspiring their nation to come from behind and cause another World Cup upset on
Wednesday November 23.
The Samurai Blue came from 1-0 down to beat Germany 2 – 1 in another biggest
upset of the tournament.
The victory came a day after Saudi Arabi also came from one down to defeat
Argentina on Tuesday, and Sakai, via beIN SPORTS, praised his side’s Asian rivals for
helping his team believe in themselves.
The 32-year-old said: ‘Yesterday Saudi Arabia showed us a very valuable game against
Argentina. We all thought, if we can just keep the deficit to one, you never know what
could happen next.’
Midfielder Kubo added: ‘We were down 1-0 at half-time just like Saudi Arabia, and
just like them we were able to achieve a great comeback victory.’