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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
Zico bemoans earlier Japan defeat
Japan coach Zico
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.

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