Headlines in Japan declared Thursday's 1-0 win against heavily favored Spain on the opening day of the Olympic men's soccer tournament the "Miracle of Glasgow" as the country celebrates the pre-Opening Ceremony shocker.
Less than a month after Spain's senior team won Euro 2012 to complete a historic three consecutive major tournament wins (the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 being the others), its Olympic squad has been widely considered one of the favorites to continue the country's recent soccer dominance. Underrated Japan seemed unimpressed by Spain's reputation from the start of the match though, and ended up scoring in the 34th minute with a goal from 22-year-old Yuki Otsu.
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Four minutes before halftime, Spain was dealt a damaging blow when defender Inigo Martinez was shown a red card for a bumbling challenge. Playing the rest of the match with just 10 men, Spain couldn't recover and Japan narrowly missed a chance to extend its lead beforeRead More »from Japan earns ‘Miracle of Glasgow’ with surprise men’s soccer win over Spain