• Kyodo News


Shunsuke Nakamura has played down Japan’s high-octane performances in the Kirin Cup and warned his teammates to expect a much sterner test when they travel to Uzbekistan for a key World Cup qualifier in Tashkent on Saturday.

Japan boosted its preparations for the remainder of the 2010 qualifying program with a 4-0 thrashing of Belgium in Tokyo on Sunday, just days after it crushed Chile by the same scoreline in Osaka.

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