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Shinji Kagawa and his Japan teammates feel like they’ve been bitten hard by reality — the reality that they’ve made little progress from four years ago in South Africa.

“I’ve been preparing for this and if this is the result, this says a lot about me,” Kagawa said Saturday, after Alberto Zaccheroni’s side lost 2-1 to Cote d’Ivoire. “It really stings that we’re having to look back on our first game in this way.”

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