Japan Pull Off The Best-Executed Offside Trap In History vs. Senegal
There are few things more satisfying to a manager than a well-executed offside trap.
If Japan boss Akira Nishino enjoys a perfect set piece then he must have been proud as punch on Sunday afternoon, when his side produced a genius offside trap against Senegal.
In the first half of their Group H clash, Senegal's set piece taker tried to whip it into the box, but the entire Japan team moved in the same direction to leave 6 of the opposition in an offside position.
You don't see this happen very often, but when you do. Wow is it satisfying.
It was certainly one of the more exciting games of the tournament. Liverpool winger Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but it didn't take long for Japan to equalise.
Takashi Inui bagged just after the half hour mark to send fans into meltdown, especially when you realise what his name looks like upside down.
Senegal went 2-1 up in the 71st minute thanks to a goal from Moussa Wague, but top scorer Keisuke Honda managed to equalise once more.
It was an incredible game of football, but the genius offside trap from Japan grabbed the headlines on social media.
That offside trap Japan ran just before the half was the best I've ever seen. No fewer than seven Senegalese players were offside. Masterful team move. #JPNSEN #WorldCup2018
- Sam Lopresti (@SamLCalcio) June 24, 2018
Japan's offside trap is quite good. Talk about discipline, teamwork and synchronisation. #JPNSEN #WorldCup
- Syatir (@mdsyatir) June 24, 2018
Isn't that the best offside trap ever?? Congrats Japan y'all just set the bar in offside traps. @stighefootball #worldcup
- 3wuor (@3wuor) June 24, 2018
Japan has the best offside trap blueprint. They had a half dozen Senegal players at one go. Basala bebakaza!! #JPNSEN #WorldCup
- Themba Kaula (@ThembaKaula) June 24, 2018
Oh my god, Japan's set-piece offside trap is on another level man
- Fadhlan Hafizh P (@fadhlanhap) June 24, 2018
Bro watching Japan play is insane, that offside trap was so well organized and calculated
- Carlito :flag_er::flag_pr: (@CarlsCort) June 24, 2018
We definitely need to see more of these offside traps. They are ridiculously satisfying to watch.
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