Both of these teams lost their opening matches in Group F, but in much different ways.
Japan led Australia 1-0, until Tim Cahill burned Japan for two goals after the 84th minute. John Aloisi added a third in stoppage time. And the Japanese press and public declared it open season on national coach Zico. Some people in Japan just wanted the team to come home NOW. However, the Japanese are still in Germany.
Meanwhile, Croatia, with their natty red checkerboard uniforms, picked no doubt because of the coincidence of a large Croatian community in St. Louis and the presence of the Ralston Purina Company there, lost 1-0 to tournament favorite Brazil.
Of all the teams that lost their opening match, Croatia may have been in the best shape as they got their toughest match out of the way. Croatia should be able to beat Japan and Australia. But the Czechs should have beaten Ghana too.
Japan, Kimigayo. In my book, one of the best melodies for any national anthem. And it's short too!