JAPAN goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi forgot the lessons he learned from watching videos of Croatian penalty taker Darijo Srna - but he still made the save to salvage a 0-0 draw.
AUSTRALIA'S coach Guus Hiddink has hit back at accusations that his team is too physical.
Nakamura plays down injury fear
STRENGTHS: Zico has constructed a solid team with a 4-4-2 system that is difficult to break down. He relies heavily on the experience of players who took part in World Cup 98 but strengthened the team ethic that was a hallmark of Philippe Troussier's 2002 team.
BRAZIL have failed to win any of their last meetings against Group F opponents Croatia, Japan and Australia, suggesting their first-round progress will not be as easy as anticipated.
WITH Japan and Turkey having exceeded expectations simply by reaching the second round of the World Cup, it was perhaps inevitable that the respective coaches would be brimming with pride yesterday, whatever the outcome.
JAPAN’S hopes of World Cup glory came to an end as the co-hosts bade a fond sayonara on an wet, grey afternoon.
JAPAN coach Philippe Troussier believes it is high time football’s aristocrats in the west stopped ignoring the potential of the Asian nations and finally handed out some respect.
JAPAN overcame Tunisia to deliver a place in the second round of the World Cup to an expectant public.
THE Japanese are not normally susceptible to a street festival but yesterday they were doing enough celebrating to suggest they had won the World Cup, writes Jeanette Oldham.
HIDETOSHI NAKATA is hoping a previously sceptical footballing public will now start to give Japan respect following a history-making night in Yokohama.
WHEN the Japanese say they are waiting for the Big One, they are not talking about Niall Quinn, the mighty Ireland striker who weighs in at 100kg (15st 10lb) and is described in FIFA dispatches as the tournament’s heaviest player. They are talking instead about the cataclysmic earthquake that last struck this land of startling contrasts 79 years ago, and is long overdue a return.