Japan broke World Cup possession record in their shock win against Spain

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Japan broke the record for the lowest amount of possession in a World Cup win.

Japan had a fairy tale ending to their group last night when to everybody’s shock they beat Spain 2-1. Coupled with their opening day win against Germany, Japan has quickly become one of the stand-out teams in the tournament.

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But what makes last night’s win so much more special, is the fact they hardly even touched the ball.

Japan’s 17.7% possession was the lowest of any World Cup-winning team in the tournament’s history. They broke the previous 27% record which they also held after their win against Germany.

A lot of people say possession doesn’t matter and it would be hard to argue with them after last night’s upset.

Japan now face Croatia in the round of 16, with runners-up Spain playing Morocco.

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