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While a draw against Senegal would take Japan a step closer to the World Cup round of 16, nothing less than a win will be good enough against the joint group leaders, the Samurai Blue’s man of the moment Yuya Osako said Saturday.

On the eve of their showdown with the Lions of Teranga, the Werder Bremen forward said Japan could not use the three points from its 2-1 opening win over Colombia as an excuse to settle for a share of the spoils at Ekaterinburg Arena.

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