Japan coach Zico bemoaned his side's earlier defeat by Australia after they bowed out of the World Cup in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil.
Defeat in that opener, along with the loss against Brazil, loss sealed their exit from the tournament.
"It's a very disappointing result to take," said Zico after Japan had led 1-0 against the World Cup holders.
"But the way we lost the first game against Australia shows what a tough business football can be."
He added: "For us a victory would have been decisive but Brazil played well and exploited our uncertainties and weaknesses well."
Japan finished bottom of Group F with just one point from their three games.