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The Japan Football Association is on the lookout for a new national team coach after Takeshi Okada confirmed his intention to step down.
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Paragauy are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Japan at the Loftus Versfield Stadium in Pretoria.
Paraguay head into their game against Japan in the second round of the World Cup as favourites to progress, but they are keenly aware that a tight encounter is in prospect.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada believes there is more to come from his “united” team as they advanced to the World Cup second round with an impressive victory over Denmark in Rustenburg.
Japan are through to the last 16 of the World Cup after they comfortably disposed of Denmark 3-1 in Rustenburg.
The victory takes Japan through as Group E runners-up and earns them a second round encounter with Paraguay in Pretoria next Tuesday.
Making light of their the pre-tournament form, Japan are on the verge of making a little piece of history by becoming the first Japanese side to reach the last 16 of the World Cup on foreign soil.
Holland made it two wins out of two in Group E with a competent, if unspectacular, 1-0 win over Japan in Durban.
Wesley Sneijder’s second half goal was enough to give the Dutch all three points against an obdurate Japan side.
Holland take on Japan in Group E with both sides looking to build on their opening game victories against Denmark and Cameroon respectively.
Keisuke Honda praised Japan’s spirit after his goal proved enough for his side to beat Cameroon in Group E.
Japan, who had been written off before the tournament after losing four and drawing one of their warm-up matches, caused a minor upset by defeating Cameroon 1-0.