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Japan, Tajikistan qualify for Peru 2019

Japan and Tajikistan qualify for subsequent yr's FIFA U-17 World Cup First two nations from Asia to e-book tickets to Peru 2019 Can be Japan's ninth ...

  • Japan and Tajikistan qualify for subsequent yr’s FIFA U-17 World Cup
  • First two nations from Asia to e-book tickets to Peru 2019
  • Can be Japan’s ninth journey to U-17 World Cup, Tajikistan’s second

Japan and Tajikistan turned the primary two nations from Asia to safe qualification to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019 after they each reached the AFC U-16 Championship semi-finals with wins over Oman and Korea DPR respectively.

Each ties went right down to the wire. Japan edged Oman 2-1 within the day’s first quarter-final. Jun Nishikawa gave Japan the lead within the 14th minute when he ran on to a lobbed by way of move from Ryotaro Araki, managed the bouncing ball along with his likelihood earlier than taking pictures on objective. Oman goalkeeper Al Ajmi initially made the save however the ball deflected off defender Khalfan Al Naabi and trickled over the road earlier than he might clear.

Nonetheless, Oman discovered an equaliser simply seven minutes later. Al Azhar Hamza Al Balushi despatched in a cross from the correct facet of the penalty space and Tariq Khamis Al Mashary leapt above his marker and steered in a robust header to the far submit.

Japan scored what proved to be the successful objective 9 minutes earlier than the full-time whistle. Nishikawa turned supplier on this event, sending in a pinpoint cross for Shoji Toyama, who guided in a shot from shut vary.

Japan are headed to their ninth U-17 World Cup subsequent yr. Their greatest performances in match historical past got here in 1993 and 2011 after they made it to the quarter-finals.

They may face both Indonesia or Australia within the AFC U-16 Championship semi-finals.

Tajikistan turned the second facet from the area to qualify for subsequent yr’s U-17 World Cup after a dramatic Four-2 win on penalties towards Korea DPR, after the match completed 1-1 on the finish of the 90 minutes.

Like Japan earlier within the day, Tajikistan took the lead within the 14th minute when Rustam Soirov broke free on objective and unleashed a robust shot into the far, high nook.

Korea DPR created a large number of probabilities all through the match and it took a second of inspiration within the 69th minute for them to attract stage. Ri Hun fired in a shot from roughly 30 metres that proved an excessive amount of for Tajikistan goalkeeper Mukhriddin Khasanov to make the save. After the no facet discovered the successful objective in regulation time, the match can be selected penalties.

Khasanov then changed into the hero of the night as he made two saves from Korea DPR’s spot kicks whereas the remainder of his crew had been flawless, changing all of their penalties to win the shootout Four-2.

Tajikistan are headed to the nation’s second U-17 World Cup after they made their debut at Korea 2007, the place they completed within the Spherical of 16.

Tajikistan will play both Korea Republic or India within the AFC U-16 Championship semi-finals.

From Peru with love


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  • Peru’s 40,000-strong army of fans lit up Russia 2018 with their passionate support
  • Their vibrant and colourful showing won the hearts of locals and rival fans alike
  • Among the three nominees for the FIFA Fan Award 2018

A triunfar peruanos
Que somos hermanos
Que se haga victoria nuestra gran gratitud
Te daré la vida y cuando yo muera
¡Me uniré en la tierra contigo Perú!

When he was commissioned to write Contigo Perú (With you, Peru) in 1977, the Peruvian composer Augusto Polo Campos could not have imagined that 41 years later legions of his compatriots would sing it tearfully and at the top of their voices in the football stadiums of Russia.

Widely regarded by Peruvians as their second national anthem, that song of eternal devotion to their homeland rang loud and clear in Saransk, Ekaterinburg and Sochi at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. In the process it came to symbolise the incredibly passionate support of the Blanquirroja fans, who have been shortlisted for the FIFA Fan Award 2018.

Sadly for them, Ricardo Gareca’s team were unable to advance beyond the group phase. Such was the quality of their football, that they deserved a better fate, though no one was more deserving than the army of Peruvian fans who cheered them on. There were 40,000 of them in the stands and many more in the streets, and they earned the admiration of locals and rival fans alike for their passion, vibrancy and determination to enjoy themselves.

They began their showstopping spectacle at their side’s opening match, against Denmark, turning the stands of the Mordovia Arena into an extension of Lima, Cusco and Arequipa with their national team shirts, red and white adornments, and traditional Incan attire. All that was missing were the snacks that go on sale for Peru’s home games at Lima’s Estadio Nacional: pulled chicken, chorizo sandwiches, and grilled beef hearts.

“I’ve never seen anything like it at the World Cup,” said former England international and ITV pundit Lee Dixon when commentating on Peru’s second match, the defeat to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Despite the near 14,000 kilometres separating the Russian city from the Peruvian capital, the stadium was a sea of red and white. And despite the scoreline, the fans roared their encouragement from the stands, creating an almighty din.

Peru’s colourful case of World Cup fever had begin in earnest on 16 November, when La Blanquirroja defeated New Zealand in the intercontinental play-off to book a place at the world finals for the first time in 36 years.

The response from the fans was overwhelming. During the second phase of ticket sales for the World Cup, between December 2017 and January 2018, Peru ranked in the top five countries in terms of demand, and was among the top ten overall.

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The Blanquirroja invasion of Russia generated hundreds of stories, some of which received global media coverage. Figuring among them was the fan who gave up his job in Los Angeles to support his side, the friends who used all their life savings to make the trip, the cyclist who pedalled all the way from Italy to Russia, and the 80-year-old diehard fan who took three flights and a ten-hour train journey just attend Peru’s first group match against the Danes.

“The journey was brutal for me but how could I miss this?” Manuelito, the elderly fan in question, told the BBC, his voice hoarse with the excitement of it all. “We have waited so long, I have waited so long, to sing our songs in another country once again.”

Hailing from Peru and from many other countries across the world, the Blanquirroja army took Russia 2018 by storm with their passion and exuberance. Can they repeat the trick in London on 24 September?