FIFA Confederations Cup
Thursday April 24, 2014

Belo Horizonte: Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni put the Asian champions’ disappointing 2-1 defeat to Mexico on Saturday down in part to their exertions in the 4-3 loss to Italy in their previous FIFA Confederations Cup fixture.

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Belo Horizonte: It was a disappointing end to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup for Japan as the AFC Asian Cup holders went down 2-1 to Mexico on Saturday.

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Belo Horizonte: Despite a gruelling if successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign AFC Asian Cup holders Japan came to the Confederations Cup full of hope while expectations were high for fellow Group A aspirants and Olympic champions Mexico.

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Recife: Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni admitted he had mixed feelings after the Asian champions’ interest in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup following Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat to Italy with the Samurai Blue’s display of strength and skill bringing pride to the country and the continent.

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Recife: Japan saw their chances of a place in the semi-finals of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup end on Wednesday as the Asian champions lost 4-3 to European powerhouse Italy in a thrilling encounter at the Arena Pernambuco.

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Recife: Asian champions Japan must use brains not brawn if they are to reignite their Confederations Cup dreams, the Samurai Blue's Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni said Tuesday.

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Recife: Japan skipper Makoto Hasebe has pinpointed Andrea Pirlo as Italy’s dangerman as the Asian champions look to keep their 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hopes alive when they take on the four-time World Cup winners on Wednesday.

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Brasilia: Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni conceded that his players let the spectacle of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup opener against Brazil affect them as the AFC Asian Cup champions crashed to a 3-0 defeat.

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