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Japan coach Javier Aguirre faces a race against time to find a squad capable of putting up a strong Asian Cup title defense, the Mexican admitting he needs at least two more matches to weigh up his options ahead of next year’s tournament.

Japan is a team in transition and has struggled since Aguirre replaced Alberto Zaccheroni in July after a poor World Cup, winning just one of four matches with a 4-0 hammering by Brazil in Singapore on Tuesday doing little to boost morale.

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