Japan finished the Asian Cup with a disappointing defeat at the final against Qatar. At the end of the tournament, what Japan can learn for the next years?
At their previous matches, Japan needed only one good play that was worth a win. Today, they used their advantage in any possible moment and defeated Iran 3-0, all the way to the Asian Cup final.
Japan qualified to the Asian Cup semi final after a penalty kick and a VAR debut, Vietnam leave the tournament with hope and China say goodbye to Marcello Lippi.
Japan and Australia qualified to the next stage, but they will need to rise their playing level if they want to be title contenders. Kyrgyzstan played well and almost shocked the host nation, UAE.
Japan defeated Uzbekistan and qualified from the first place to the next round. A dramatic goal by Oman in the 94th minute brought them to the round of 16.