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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 August, 2004, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Japan and Cuba through
Masahide Kodayashi
Japan thrashed Greece 6-1 to finish top of baseball's preliminary table and keep their gold medal hopes alive.

Erik Daniel Papas hit a home-run in the bottom of the seventh inning to salvage some pride for the hosts.

But the damage had already been done, Japan notching two two-run homers in the top of the seventh to clinch a semi-final place against Australia.

Cuba booked their semi-final place with a 5-0 win over Italy and will now play Canada, who humiliated Australia 11-0.

In Sunday's other game, Taiwan beat the Netherlands 5-1 to finish fifth in the group with three wins and four losses.

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