Even if Japan was heartbreakingly defeated 4-3 by Italy last week, at 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the team showed the ability to face an international power, the media comments.
Despite the fact that the Asian team lost the match and was eliminated from Group A along with Mexico, the result could be positive in the end for the Samurai Blue.
With a talented, skilled and hardworking team, Japan could be a feared opponent at 2014 World Cup, if they learn some of the lessons from this match, such as improving defense, sports commentators say.
Italy surprisingly came from behind after Japan took an early 2-0 lead and outplayed the opponent team for most of the match.
The Italians looked to be heading for a shock defeat after going 2-0 down to Japan midway through the first half, with Keisuke Honda rolling in a 21st-minute penalty before Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa doubled the lead for the Asian champions, according to the international press.
Italy scored three times, courtesy of goals from Daniele De Rossi, Mario Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco, with their fourth point coming from Atsuto Uchida’s own goal.