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Japan is under no illusions that they will be anything but a massive underdog in its World Cup round-of-16 match against a star-studded Belgium side, defender Maya Yoshida said Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who as a center back for Premier League club Southampton regularly faces some of the big names lining up for Belgium, said Japan will need a collective effort if it is to overcome a team with far greater individual talent.

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