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Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup.

Japan cruised into the last eight after putting away a poor Jordan side 2-0 in Melbourne on Tuesday night, but Javier Aguirre’s men have a day less than UAE to prepare for Friday’s clash in Sydney.

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