Japan at the Confederations Cup were many neutrals favourites because of their dedication to a short passing game and good football.
All was well up to the opposition area, but things petered out a little then they got near the opposition goal.
Alberto Zaccheroni would dearly have loved to have a striker that could finish off the tidy moves around the penalty area; someone to get behind the defence and bundle it home.
Or he could pick Fagiano Okayama forward Yuki Oshitani and dispense with any of the long-range play to replace it with 30-yard wondergoals.
That is exactly what 23-year-old did in his side’s recent win over Vissel Kobe in the J2-League – a goal that secured the three points for his side.
Oshitani runs onto a bouncing ball, takes a lovely first touch and unleashes an unstoppable drive into the near top corner – it was a beauty.
Watch Yuki Oshitani score a 35-yard screamer in Fagiano Okayama win over Vissel Kobe below (thanks to 101GreatGoals for pointing it out)…