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Experienced midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura has announced his retirement from international football following Japan's exit from the World Cup.
Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 32 after spending most of the World Cup on the bench.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada assumed responsibility for his side's World Cup exit at the hands of Paraguay in what could have been his final game in charge.
Gerardo Martino revealed his Paraguay side were in party mood following their historic victory over Japan, but admitted the full impact has not yet sunk in.
Paraguay won the first penalty shootout of World Cup 2010 5-3 against Japan after a dire game ended goalless after 120 minutes in Pretoria.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada says making the last eight would be "wonderful" news for Japan, but insists that must be just another step towards a more long-term goal.
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Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino believes the first goal in Tuesday's showdown with Japan could prove crucial as both teams chase a first quarter-final.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada believes his side have the ability to reach their first ever World Cup quarter-final at the expense of an impressive Paraguay side.
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has highlighted Japan's rapid counter attacks and dead-ball prowess as two areas his side will need to address if they are to win.
Defender Tulio has declared himself fit for Japan ahead of their last 16 clash with Paraguay in Pretoria on Tuesday despite struggling with a back problem.
Shinji Okazaki has warned Paraguay that Japan have "nothing to lose" as they bid for a historic place in the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Keisuke Honda was left confused by his emotions on Thursday after admitting he was not really happy despite helping Japan reach the last 16 of the World Cup.
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