doesn't lose, Jamaica is always the winner because they learn,
so that's very good " Rene Simoes.
DEFEATS JAPAN 2-1
"Tapper" Whitmore led Jamaica to a 2-1 win over Japan
on Friday giving the Reggae Boyz their first win in a World Cup
finals. Over 24,000 saw Japan settle early and seemed the more
dangerous of the two teams for most of the first half. Ricardo
Gardener and Withmore slowly brought Jamaica into play and then
Jamaica struck in the 39th minute when Withmore skillfully evaded
two defenders and fired a low shot past Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.
Jamaica came alive and started to ball the Japanese. In the 54th
minute Jamaica's opened the lead when Withmore moved in from the
right flank and buried a left foot shot into the bottom corner.
Japan struck back in 75th minute as Nakayama volleyed home a header
from substitute Wagner Lopes. Japan continued their attack to
equalize but were denied by some superb keeping from Jamaican
goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence. Jamaica finishes third in group H behind
Argentina and Croatia and will not advance. The United States,
Japan and Tunisia are the only teams in the World Cup without
a point. Jamaica is the 47th team to win a World Cup final game.
It did so on its 3rd attempt. Of the 65 teams which have played
at least one match: 18 have not yet had victory. Among these teams,
Korea Republic has played more matches (14), followed by Bolivia
and El Salvador (6 each).
Teams: Jamaica - 13-Aaron Lawrence; 5-Ian Goodison
(captain); 15-Ricardo Gardener; 19-Frank Sinclair; 2-Stephen Malcolm;
17-Onandi Lowe; 6-Fitzroy Simpson (16-Robbie Earle 90); 11-Theodore
Whitmore; 3-Christopher Dawes; 8-Marcus Gayle (18-Deon Burton
79); 22-Paul Hall (10-Walter Boyd 72) Japan -
20-Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi; 2-Akira Narahashi; 4-Masami Ihara (captain);
5-Norio Omura (22-Takashi Hirano 58); 17-Yutaka Akita; 3-Naoki
Soma; 10-Hiroshi Nanami (11-Shinji Ono 78); 8-Hidetoshi Nakata;
6-Motohiro Yamaguchi; 18-Shoji Jo (12-Wagner Lopes 58); 9-Masashi
Referee: Gunter Benkoe (Austria)