You are in FIFA World Cup  / Article

Top 5 Asian Moments at Russia 2018?

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Takashi Inui of Japan celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Belgium.

Kuala Lumpur: The five Asian teams concluded their participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the highest points tally in the continent's history, and there were some memorable moments along the way.

Heroic individual and team performances, famous victories and record breaking moments. It was all present in Russia 2018 as Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia represented Asia on the world stage. We relive some of the best moments from the tournament after the Samurai Blue were the last Asian side to depart the World Cup, ending their participation at the round of 16.

See also :

Stunning the world champions

Germany’s hopes of defending their World Cup title relied on defeating Korea Republic in the final day of the group stage, but the Taeguk Warriors had a point to prove. A man-of-the-match performance from Joo Hyeon-woo saw the Korean goalkeeper make six saves to the frustration of the Germans who could not find the back of the net despite attempting 26 shots.

Korea Republic sealed a famous victory with a three-minute double salvo in added time of the second half. First, Kim Young-gwon pounced onto a poor clearance to smash the ball into the roof of the net from point-blank, then skipper Son Heung-min capitalised on a quick-break after goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had left his goal in a desperate attempt to pull an equaliser.


When Son Heungmin capped off a famous win for Korea Republic against reigning #WorldCup champions Germany!

?? TV listings ??
?? Highlights ??

— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018

Shin Tae-yong’s men went home with their heads held high despite their group stage exit. It was a performance of a lifetime against the reigning world champions and a result that will be remembered for years to come.


Record Breaking Arzani

Just six months after making his senior debut for Melbourne City, 19-year-old Daniel Arzani found himself making history at the biggest stage. The Socceroos’ winger made an instant impression in the A-League and earned a place in Bert van Marwijk’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

Arzani’s proud moment came when he was brought on from the substitutes bench for a six-minute cameo against France in the opening match to become the youngest player to play in the competition and the youngest ever Australian to play at a World Cup.


“We need to stick together if we want to go far in this tournament” ??

Meet @Socceroos’ Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at this year's #WorldCup

— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018

The Iran-born winger may not have scored in Russia, but in his three substitute appearances, he showed glimpses of his bright talent and gave the Socceroos fans yet another reason to be excited about their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 prospects.

Beiranvand’s fairytale

IR Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was one of the heart-warming stories to come out of Russia 2018 as international media took note of his unorthodox path to the top, from sleeping rough on the streets of Tehran as he pursued his dream of becoming a professional footballer, to making an impact at the World Cup, no less.

Team Melli went into their final group match needing a win against Portugal to advance to the next round, and with the European champions leading 1-0 after 53 minutes, they had a golden chance to double it as Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty and stepped up to take it himself.

What a start to the second half! #POR are awarded a penalty following a VAR referral, but @Cristiano's effort is SAVED by Beiranvand! #IRNPOR 0-1#ESPMAR 1-1

— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018

Up against arguably the best player in the world, Beiranvand remained composed and dived to his left to make a stunning save. The Persepolis man clutched to the ball second time after showing strong hands to parry it away, allowing his teammates to go on and grab a late equaliser. A proud moment to reward years of hard work.

Historic Winner

Saudi Arabia returned to the FIFA World Cup after 12 years of absence but did not have the best of starts as they found themselves overwhelmed by the challenge of facing the hosts Russia in the opening match.

A much-improved performance in the second game saw the Green Falcons narrowly edged by Uruguay, with Salem Al Dawsari showing glimpses of his ability.

#KSA GRAB A WINNER AT THE END! @salem_d29 scores to give Saudi Arabia a dramatic lead!#KSAEGY 2-1

— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018

With qualification hopes already dashed, Saudi Arabia faced neighbours Egypt in the last group game. The tie looked headed to a 1-1 draw until the dying minutes when Al Dawsari popped into space inside the opposition box to volley home Abdullah Otayf’s flicked pass from a narrow angle. The Al Hilal winger’s strike earned Saudi Arabia their first World Cup win in 24 years, having last beaten Belgium 1-0 in 1994. A well-taken goal ended the Green Falcons’ campaign on a high.

Japan's roller coaster ride

The Samurai Blue went into the round of 16 as Asia’s sole representatives and found themselves facing a monumental challenge against tournament favourites Belgium.

Coach Akira Nishino’s men put in a spirited performance and went into the half time break level, before striking on the counter within three minutes of the restart. Genki Haraguchi broke free and struck from a narrow angle to put Japan in front.

Hyundai Goal of the Tournament | Takashi Inui

A small consolation for Takashi Inui as Japan Football Association exit the FIFA World Cup, but this stunner is in the running for Hyundai #WorldCupGOT ?????? ?? Highlights ?? ?? TV listings ?? //

Posted by FIFA World Cup on Monday, 2 July 2018

Five minutes later, there was another moment of magic as Shinji Kagawa controlled and set up Takshi Inui who fired in a thunderous drive into the bottom corner to send the Japanese fans into cloud nine.

For all the joy of the first hour in Rostov-on-Don, there was heartbreak at the end as Belgium threw everything at the Samurai Blue and managed to mount a 3-goal comeback within the final half an hour to deny Japan a historic first quarter-final appearance.

What was your favourite moment?
Korea Republic beating Germany
Arzani's performances
Beiranvand's penalty save
Al Dawsari's winner
Japan's display vs Belgium
Created with Quiz Creator

Recommended Stories :

  • 阳大铁路温河特大桥施工进展顺利 2019-01-16
  • 奥运对手阵容强大 中国男篮征途艰难 2018-08-22
  • 人民日报评论员:共创中华民族伟大复兴的美好未来 2018-07-26
  • 仓颉故里:南乐迎来县域电商发展新机遇 2018-07-26
  • “日照——东南亚”集装箱航线17日开通 2018-07-25
  • 浦东新区:探索人民调解专业化 2018-07-25
  • 世界杯期间夜猫子吃什么好 这是有讲究的 2018-07-25
  • 陕西文化产业企业信息库 2018-07-24
  • 统帅关怀励兵心 矢志强军谋打赢 2018-07-24
  • 杀菌-热门标签-华商生活 2018-07-23
  • 【中国梦·大国工匠篇】“景德镇拉坯第一人”占绍林:手艺“满意”前谢绝资本加入 2018-07-23
  • 拥有大智慧的中国古人就把“子”和“女”结合在一体,造出一个会意字“好”字。一直就用这个“好”的感觉结果去衡量其它任何生存环境中的万物万事所给人的感觉。 2018-07-23
  • 以仪式守护节日文化(艺海观澜) 2018-07-22
  • 前5月空气质量相对较差10城:河北占6席 2018-07-22
  • 【大家谈】新时代干部需“底气十足” 2018-07-21
  • 482| 373| 455| 635| 623| 687| 923| 700| 344| 338|