Could this be a glorious Asian night at the World Cup?

Could this be a glorious Asian night at the World Cup?
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Two Asian teams, and coincidentally, first co-hosts of the World Cup 20 years, Japan and Korea are dreaming of a milestone night.

But both have more than the Mount Everest to climb as they face formidable oppositions.

South Korea face five-times World Cup winners, Brazil. Japan face Croatia – runners up at the last edition.

It will be a big score if any, or even the two should cross into the last eight.

In the 92-year-history of the World Cup, only twice before have Asian teams reached the last eight. 

Africa attempted it eight years ago when both Nigeria and Algeria faced European oppositions. But both crumbled.

Nigeria lost to France while Germany kicked out Algeria the same 30 June 2014 night.

Asia will attempt scaling the heights tonight.

North Korea did it in 1966 – when the tournament featured only 16 teams – and exited after losing 5-3 to Eusebio’s Portugal.

In 2002, South Korea surpassed them when they went on a dream run to the semi-finals, where they lost 1-0 to Germany at home.

The Taegeuk Warriors finished fourth, which is the best showing by an Asian team at the Finals.

If form book is anything to go by, the good runs of the Asian team may end tonight.

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