Japan's ambition to defend their Asian Cup title failed this year as they were defeated by United Arab Emirates from the penalty shoot out.
The Blue Samurai were favorite to overcome their opponent, but a poor start put them in all sort of troubles.
UAE took full advantage of Japan's slow start as Mahdi Ali's men were able to get themselves ahead after just seven minutes through Ali Ahmed Mabkhout.
Despite dominating proceedings since going one goal down, the defending champion were finding difficulties in breaking down their opponent's defense.
After wasting several opportunities, Javier Aguirre's boys finally got that important equalizing goal from Gaku Shibasaki's fine effort.
The Blue Samurai continue to control that tie, but couldn't get another goal during normal time forcing that tie to go into extra time.
Even after having another 2x15 minutes neither teams were able to score again, meaning that the tie must be settled with a shoot out.
Surprisingly Japan lose out to their opponent, with two of their star players, Keisuke Honda along with Shinji Kagawa, both missed from the spot kick.