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Over the initial shock of a 2-1 opening World Cup defeat to Cote d’Ivoire, Japan’s Samurai Blue have taken stock, chilled out and even been cracking jokes and laughing it off during a Jacuzzi bonding session.

Now Alberto Zaccheroni’s Asian champions are ready to go for broke against Greece on Thursday. A win for both teams is vital to their chances of progressing to the knockout stage, a feat only a handful of teams have managed after dropping their first game under the current tournament format.

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