The result from last night’s World Cup qualifying game.
Japan 1 Oman 0
As bad as that result looks (although admittedly Japan did secure the 3 points), it was even worse as the goal came in the final minute of injury time. And against a team of young amateurs. That’s hardly acceptable.
The performance was dire even compared to recent games. And that’s saying something, believe me. It would seem that Brazilian coach Zico is trying to implement some kind of year zero policy. He has already managed to dismantle everything built up by the previous coach, and arguably the team is now at a pre-France ’98 level. How far he will be allowed to take this bizarre policy remains to be seen, but somebody needs to stop him. And quickly.