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Leaving on a low
Japan celebrate their shock early lead
Ronaldo grabbed two goals to equal Gerd Mueller's World Cup scoring record as champions Brazil romped to a 4-1 win over Japan in Group F on Thursday. Brazil will play Ghana in the last 16 in Dortmund on Tuesday. [+]

Insight and Opinion

Rising sons with high hopes

Experienced but with no home advantage this time. Dominic Raynor profiles a Japanese squad helmed by a Brazil legend.  [+]

Group F Tactics Board

Champions Brazil face a master tactician in Hiddink as well as an old hero leading Japan. Nick Bidwell considers an intriguing Group F in which the real battle is for 2nd.  [+]

More Japan News

July 5, 2006
Japanese media flap over Osim's 'cold feet'
The mystery over who will become Japan's new soccer coach deepened on Wednesday with local media flapping over whether the main candidate had got cold feet.
July 3, 2006
Japan and Bolton midfielder Nakata to retire
Hidetoshi Nakata, Japan's best-known soccer player and a veteran of three World Cups, announced his retirement on Monday.
June 22, 2006
Kewell back for Socceroos against Croatia
Australia coach Guus Hiddink recalls Harry Kewell to the starting XI for the clash with Croatia.
Ronaldo happy with his 'significant improvement'
Brazil striker Ronaldo said he was running into form after scoring twice in the 4-1 World Cup win over Japan in Group F on Thursday.
June 20, 2006
'Brazil don't frighten us', says Japan's Zico
Japan coach Zico, whose side face an early World Cup exit, has said tournament favourites Brazil do not scare his side ahead of Thursday's Group F clash.
June 19, 2006
Kawaguchi takes studious approach to penalties
Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi had studied videotapes of Croatian penalty taker Darijo Srna's routine before saving the spot-kick which kept his team's slim hopes of qualifying for the second round of the World Cup alive.
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