Harakiri from Japan – AS.com

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Harakiri from Japan - AS.com

National holidays in Iran. His team will play in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup after defeating the almighty Japan (2-1). Big success for Iran and not only why but also how. In the second half, Iran tied down Japan, who were at the mercy of the Iranians. Moriyasu's future leading the Japanese is more in doubt than ever, as Japan were blown off the field in the second half. A huge disappointment for the Japanese, who were the No. 1 candidates for ultimate victory.

Led by Sardar Azmoun's free verse, Iran overcame Morita's early goal (28 minutes) in a brilliant individual game, leaving Japan on the wings. Something that instead of bringing down Iran, made it stronger. There was no pressure on Iran's feet until extra time in the Round of 16 against Syria and they defeated Japan in a brilliant second half. Intensity, football and conviction. While Japan was disappointed, weak and distraught.

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Factor Azmoun

Azmoun's brilliant play was crucial in Iran stretching the lead… and even more so in the absence of scorer Taremi, who was cleared for ejection against Syria. The Bayer Leverkusen striker (on loan at Roma) made up for past disappointments with his national team with impressive play. Rollercoaster experience once again in Japan. He provided an assist to his teammate Mohebi to make the score 1–1; He saw a goal disallowed by millimeters and was a constant threat to the weak Japanese defence.

Azmoun has gone through all the states defending the Iran jersey. Women were harassed in their country for criticizing their government's oppressive policies. The strikers supported a wave of revolution against Iranian leaders due to the assassination of Mahsa Amin for not wearing the veil properly, which placed them in the crosshairs of the Iranian government. That was before the World Cup in Qatar. He had already left everyone speechless when he left the Iran team in disgrace after being eliminated from the 2018 World Championships in Russia. He preferred to be absent to care for his ailing mother. And Azmoun chose football almost by chance because his parents were famous volleyball players.

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With Azmoun free, Iran believed it and it was not until minutes of extra time that a stupid play between Itakura (Gladbach) and Tomiyasu (Arsenal) failed to clear a ball in their small area. Were not able to, ended up with an irrefutable maximum penalty. , Japan's stupidity and Iran's entitlement. Feyenoord striker Jahanbakhsh made no mistake from the spot and did justice to Iran's superiority. Japan will have to ask itself many questions.

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