Japanese soccer fans dismayed by world cup defeat

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:42 GMT, Jul 6, 2015 |

Japanese soccer fans who gathered at a sports bar in Tokyo early on Monday (July 6) were dismayed by their team’s loss against the U.S. women’s’ team at the Finals. As soon as the match began, the U.S. led with four sweeping goals. Japanese fans at the downtown Tokyo sports bar, Estadio, booed and some broke down in tears. When Japan scored one goal, however, all fans cheered loudly in the hope that their team would somehow make a miraculous comeback. Nonetheless, the U.S. scored two more goals, and despite Japan’s struggle until the last minute to win the match, the 90-minute match with 3 minutes of overtime wasn’t enough.

The Japan team’s defeat brought tears to the eyes of some of the fans in Tokyo. “I’m sad but that one goal was fantastic. They didn’t lose without scoring, and I think that showed Japan’s resilience, which was fantastic,” 38-year old Tokyo resident Naomi. The game, played in front of 53,341 spectators at a packed stadium in Vancouver, Canada, was the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup final ever.