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The Japanese high school soccer tournament has conjured the best goal we've seen all year
Matt le Tissier, Stephanie Roche and Ronnie Whelan all rolled into one.


It’s the quarter-final of the Okayama high-school soccer tournament.

The pressure is on as both Sakuyo and Tamano-Konan strive to reach the final-four.

The game is delicately poised at 1-1 when your goalkeeper thumps a long goal-kick up-field with seconds remaining.

And moments later, you conjure the goal of your young life to drive the crowd wild and win the game for your team.

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So, Tamano-Konan progress to the semi-finals of their local competition and inch ever closer to the All-Japan tournament – the biggest amateur event in the country that features 48 school teams battling it out throughout December and January.

We know who we’ll be supporting from here on.


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