At half-time in the Japan v New Zealand game this morning the Kiwi’s would have been counting their lucky stars that things did not end up worse than they could have after the opening 20 minutes.
The Samurai Blues tore into an asleep All Whites side - bagging four goals in the opening stages.
Shinji Kagawa and Kesiuke Honda were really on song - dancing through the Japanese defence at will on occasions as one goal apiece from the two and a double for Shinji Okazaki left this looking like a rout in the making.
But New Zealand were given a half-time life-line - and you have to admit, it was a rather impressive one at that.
And he showed why with this frankly audacious goal.
He bundled his way through a group of Japanese defenders before finding himself in what is, usually, a crossing position.
But he went for goal from the tightest of tight angles - firing a curling effort beyond Standard Liege goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to make it 4-1 - and slightly more of a contest…
Check out the goal below…
image: © daniel.richardson0685