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Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni hailed his players’ determination to try and finish off Uzbekistan after the Asian champions came from behind to earn a share of the spoils in a World Cup qualifying 1-1 draw in Tashkent on Tuesday.

Japan was outplayed on a bumpy pitch for much of the first half after Uzbekistan’s star midfielder Server Djeparov fired the home side in front in a cauldron-like atmosphere at Pakhtakor Stadium.

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