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AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda admitted defending champion Japan only had itself to blame for its quarterfinal defeat at the Asian Cup on Friday and put the team’s earlier-than-expected exit down to “naivety” and lack of a cutting edge in front of goal.

In a cruel twist, Honda and Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa — two of the team’s biggest stars — both missed their spot kicks in a 5-4 sudden-death shootout loss to the United Arab Emirates, after a 1-1 draw the Japanese had largely dominated over 120 minutes at Stadium Australia.

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