Masami Ihara, the captain who had led his team so proudly, could not hold back the tears as he said a fond farewell to the fans. Masashi Nakayama, the scorer of Japan's historic first goal at this level, had to be lifted from the sodden turf by Jamaican players and coaching staff, so deep was his grief. The Brazil-born striker Wagner Lopes, who created Nakayama's goal with a towering header, struggled to get his words out for the television cameras.
But the most emotional scene of all involved goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi. Kawaguchi's frustration had grown in relation to the chances that had gone begging at the opposite end, and for the third game in a row, he found himself on the wrong end of the narrowest of defeats." "Yomiuri Shimbun", Japan's biggest-selling newspaper, reflects at length, and with some emotion, on Japan's exit from the World Cup.
"TWO GOALS from Theodore `Tappa' Whitmore gave Jamaica a 2-1 win earlier today over Japan, their first in a World Cup finals, in an entertaining group H game where pride more than points were at stake." "Jamaica Gleaner" reacts to the same event.