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Japan's World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake

Posted On: Jun 21, 2018   |   Posted By: Yahoo Sports

Japan's World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake

By Malcolm Foster TOKYO - Japan on Wednesday basked in the glow of its World Cup soccer team's historic win over Colombia, a victory that has lifted the nation's mood after an earthquake struck its second-biggest metropolis Osaka. Fans watching Tuesday night's match at pubs and outdoor bars in the downtown Tokyo area of Shibuya celebrated when Japan clinched a 2-1 victory, exchanging high-fives with strangers on the street and flooding into Shibuya's famous "scramble crossing," prompting scores of police to come out to ensure order. Newspapers splashed photos of jubilant Japan players in their blue jerseys on front pages on Wednesday, and government spokesman Yoshihide Suga highlighted that it was the first time an Asian team had beaten a South American side at the World Cup.

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