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Last Updated: Monday, 12 June 2006, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Zico rues Japan's loss of focus
Japan coach Zico
Japan coach Zico accused his team of sitting back as they surrendered a lead in losing to Australia in their Group F opener in Kaiserslautern.

The Brazilian-born coach said: "We did not do anything after taking the lead, but we had two clear goalscoring chances on the counter-attack.

"But if you do not put the ball in at one end, you sometimes concede a goal at the other.

"The way Australia turned the game on its head is difficult to stomach."

Zico pointed to the heat in the Fritz Walter stadium as a factor in his side's lapses in concentration.

He said: "We wasted a great opportunity. We had our chances but it was so hot today it didn't help.

"It was 38 degrees but we lost concentration at a critical point and it cost us."

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