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National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic may have learned a great deal from last week’s E-1 Football Championship, but it is open to question how much it will benefit him at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Japan finished second at the four-team regional tournament held at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium, beating North Korea 1-0 and China 2-1 in its first two games before coming spectacularly unstuck in a 4-1 mauling by eventual champion South Korea.

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