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 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.’