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Japan players admitted they were thrown by the first-half red card of Greece captain Konstantinos Katsouranis in Thursday’s lackluster draw, a result that has put the Asian champions on the brink of elimination.

Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute for a second booking, seemingly giving Alberto Zaccheroni’s side the advantage, and it did: at least in terms of ball possession.

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