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Japanese team departs after loss

07-01-2010 09:07 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

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The Japanese football team has left South Africa, after bowing out of the World Cup in a heart-breaking shoot-out loss to Paraguay.

After both teams went 120 exhausting minutes without scoring, Paraguay beat Japan 5-3 in a penalty shoot out. Japan were Asia's last surviving team. South Korea had knocked out in the second round by another South American team, Uruguay. Japanese coach Takeshi Okada says his work is done as national coach, signaling he will quit. But many Japanese fans say they are happy with their team's performance despite the loss.

Toshi Okada, Japanese fan said, "Japan put up a good fight against Paraguay, but we were unlucky after a penalty. But years from now, we'll be back, and Japan will be champion."

Aizawa, Japanese fan said, "The Japanese team played the best game and we are encouraged for the future. Now we feel sad, but encouraged. Thank you, Japanese team."

The Japanese football team has left South Africa, after bowing out of the World Cup in a heart-breaking shoot-out loss to Paraguay. 
The Japanese football team has left South Africa,
after bowing out of the World Cup in a heart-
breaking shoot-out loss to Paraguay.

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