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Japan play to a draw with Spain in final Olympic warm-up


Kobe: Japan battled to a 1-1 draw with Spain in their final warm-up match on Saturday before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

Ritsu Doan scored Japan's opener three minutes before half time at Kobe's Noevir Stadium with Spain pressing hard after the break with Javi Puado netting the equaliser in the 78th minute.

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"We came in with a focus on winning this game and it's unfortunate that we didn't," Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu said.

"However, the players showed the tenacity needed. It was big for us to get a goal against such strong opponents. We didn't get the winner, but we created the necessary opportunities."

Japan open their Olympics Group A campaign against South Africa at Tokyo Stadium on July 22 before taking on Mexico three days later. Their final group stage match is against France on July 28.

Photo: Japan Football Association

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