Finn Russell Rugby World Cup 2019: How Japan reacted to the Brave Blossoms’ historic win over Scotland

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Hosts Japan made history on Sunday evening after beating Scotland 28-21 to reach the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup for the first ever time.

Jamie Joseph’s men blew their opponents away with a thrilling, electrifying brand of rugby that has lit up the tournament so far.

Sunday’s win means Japan qualify as winners of Pool A, with the team now looking to recreate the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ when they take on South Africa in the last eight this weekend.

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Victory over Gregor Townsend’s team sparked jubilant scenes across Japan as fans celebrated another momentous win.

From newspapers to social media, here we take a look at how the country reacted:

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The Japan Timesran the headline on its sports homepage, describing the result, which already looks set to go down as a World Cup classic, as “a remarkable achievement for a side that was regarded until recently as tournament pushovers.”

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Kyodo Newsplaced particular focus on Japan’s team spirit, drawing attention to the moment Koo Ji Won was forced from the field with injury in the 21st minute of the match. It was, according to the outlet, a “defining moment” of Sunday’s “enthralling” victory.

“The tighthead prop was in tears, his game done, but the response of the Japan bench was, to a man, to run to the touchline and give the 25-year-old Takushoku University graduate a consoling hug,” it said.

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