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Japan coach Javier Aguirre said he was generally pleased with his side’s performance after the Samurai Blue beat New Zealand part-timers Auckland City 2-0 on Sunday in their final warm-up before launching their defense of the Asian Cup.

Japan’s most-capped player, Yasuhito Endo, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute at Cessnock Sportsground and Shinji Okazaki steered in a late second to see off Auckland, which finished third at last month’s Club World Cup in Morocco.

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