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When Yuki Ogimi said on Saturday that some of the Japan players didn’t fully understand the gravity of the situation the Nadeshiko are in, she meant to fire up her teammates as a form of tough love.

Ogimi’s message, though, may not be getting through ahead of Monday’s Olympic final qualifier against Vietnam, a game Japan must win to have any chance of playing in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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