‘Vietnam’ second most searched keyword in Japan after Asian Cup quarterfinal

By Phan Anh   January 24, 2019 | 11:03 pm PT
‘Vietnam’ second most searched keyword in Japan after Asian Cup quarterfinal
Vietnamese fans join their team to sing the national anthem before the Vietnam v. Japan Asian Cup quarterfinal Thursday. Photo by VnExpress/Doan Loan
‘Vietnam’ was the second most-searched keyword in Japan as of Friday, according to search query analysis website Google Trends.

The keyword appeared in Google Trends’s ‘Daily Search Trends’ section, which highlights searches that jumped significantly in traffic among all searches over the past 24 hours.

The term was searched over 20,000 times in Japan as of 10 a.m. Friday, preceded by ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’, a Japanese role-playing video game, at over 100,000 searches and followed by ‘Sakurai Sho’, a Japanese singer and actor, also at over 20,000 searches.

The national men's football teams of Vietnam and Japan played each other in the Asian Cup quarterfinal match in Dubai Thursday night.

Japan won the match narrowly, scoring one goal from a penalty, while Vietnam failed to convert any of their scoring chances.

Japan will play Iran next Monday in the semifinal tussle for a berth in the final of the tournament.

Although Vietnam’s Asian Cup 2019 has ended, the team has impressed everyone by punching far above its weight against a four-time tournament champion and regional powerhouse.

"Japan huff and puff into the semifinals," reported Fox Sports Asia. The paper noted how Vietnam ended the game with 12 shots over Japan’s 11, and that the latter’s performance was "not very convincing" for the four-time champion.

"It was a tough game. In order to win, we had to pick up the pace and increase pressure in [Vietnam’s] side of the field," remarked Japanese defender Maya Yoshida in a post-match exchange with the press.

"Vietnam defended well and had a speedy counterattack, so it was difficult for Japan to create clear chances [to score]. My students should have utilized their opportunities well," said Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu.

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