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Mar 22, 2013; Doha, QATAR; Japan players pose for a photo before the match against Canada at Khalifa Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Arguedas/EFE via USA TODAY Sports

World Cup: Keisuke Honda knees Ioannis Maniatis in the ribs

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The Japan vs Greece game currently airing on ESPN is essentially a win or go home game for both teams in Group C. Japan is out with a loss, but Greece would not be mathematically eliminated from making it to the second round just yet althougth it would be very unlikely for them to advance to the knockout stage.

After nearly 75 minutes, both teams have played stalemate soccer as they have been unable to capitalize on the other team’s mistakes. Even though Greece has played the majority of the game down a man due to their captain Konstantinos Katsouranis receiving two yellow cards by the 38th minute, Japan has not been able to score off their multiple opportunities.

Late in the second half, at the 62nd minute to be precise, Keisuke Honda of Japan kneed Ioannis Maniatis of Greece in the ribs and then proceeded to step on him with his cleat during the action. Check out the play in the GIF below:


There was no foul called on the play even though it seemed worthy of a free kick at least. What are your thoughts on the play? Should a free kick or card have been given to Honda? Let us know in the comments below.

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