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Japan will head into their World Cup qualifying clash against China on Tuesday in stronger shape than in their opening Group B match, when they suffered a shock loss against Oman, manager Hajime Moriyasu has said.

All 23 members of the Samurai Blue squad took part in a final match-eve practice on Monday, running light drills on the air-conditioned pitch at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.

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