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Nadeshiko Japan handed manager Norio Sasaki a likely farewell gift with a 1-0 victory over North Korea as the women’s Asian Olympic qualifying drew to a close on Wednesday.

Mana Iwabuchi came off the bench to tap in an 80th-minute winner for the hosts, who finished third in the group on seven points from five games behind winners Australia (13) and China (11), the two qualifiers for Rio de Janeiro.

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