Was the first goal by Spain offside?
In reviewing a screenshot from the highlights, it appears to be a question of the Japanese defender’s foot versus the Spain player’s shoulder. Very close. Not blatantly offside for sure.
Was the handball call accurate?
Natural position, ball-to-hand, no time to react. Horrible call. Shocking that VAR doesn’t bring it back for another look.wac_
Why no VAR?
Why were both of these critical moments not video-reviewed? In a match of this importance, it would seem to be a must to review them.
I admit it. I like the Japanese
I was secretly rooting for them. They are such a polite culture. I do think one person summed up the team quite well when he said:
Japan is extremely tactical and possesses extremely well, but struggle to match speed. Spain has basically taken advantage of that with through balls to forwards.SkyPuncher
to this I would add that they suffer a clear height disadvantage as well.