Japan rejoices at ‘Miracle in Glasgow’


Japan was euphoric Friday after their Blue Samurai scored a stunning 1-0 victory over champions Spain in one of the greatest upsets in Olympic football history. Newspapers hailed Thursday’s win as the “Miracle in Glasgow”, reviving memories of their famous “Miracle in Miami” victory over Brazil at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The first-half goal from Yuki Otsu gives his side a great chance of reaching the knockout rounds. “We won! We actually won!” the Nikkan Sports daily roared on its front page, with nearly all of Japan’s newspapers and broadcasters splashing dramatic headlines and photos of the jubilant squad.