Yes, we’ve all heard the adage, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” However, have you have heard it in the form of “I went to a soccer game and a Karate sparing match broke out?” Well, thanks to the China/Japan match-up, you have now. The match took place on February 20 and was marred by numerous incidents of rough tactics and severe tackles in the form of outright kicks.
Of course, most, if not all of the bad blood between the teams comes from historical reasons. Japan wound up winning the game, 1-0, but they had to take quite the beating in the process.
Bonus: the goalie was NOT red-carded for his Bruce Lee imitation at the 1:27 mark. Again, WAS NOT ejected.