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Atsuto Uchida scored two minutes before halftime to give Japan a 1-0 win over Cyprus on Tuesday in the Blue Samurai’s last home game before heading off to the World Cup in Brazil.

A crowd of 58,564 turned out at Saitama Stadium hoping to see Alberto Zaccheroni’s side sign off in style with a deluge of goals, but instead a single strike from right back Uchida was all that made the difference against a Cyprus team ranked 130th in FIFA’s world rankings.

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